The nineteenth century shipping boom resulted in the growth in local ownership of ships. In 1853 at least 115 were registered and owned in Waterford Port. It was a maritime culture that was both international and vibrant.
Quakers families established the three shipyards in Waterford, Penrose, Whites and NeptuneThe shipyards provided a lot of skilled jobs, at its peak over 1,000 were employed. Waterford was becoming a centre for highly specialised industry with organised and skilled labour.
Bill Irish with his book, 'Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882'.
Bill Irish with his book Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882.© Waterford City Library
Bill Irish with his book, 'Shipbuilding in Waterford 1820-1882'. - © Waterford City Library
River Suir of Waterford, watercolour by Joseph Poole Addey.
River Suir of Waterford, watercolour by Joseph Poole Addey c.1895. Poole Addey is a Northern Irish painter and teacher at the school of Art in Derry.© Waterford City Council
River Suir of Waterford, watercolour by Joseph Poole Addey. - © Waterford City Council
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