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Lord Muskerry's boat - and a wooden horse!

Lord Muskerry's boat - and a wooden horse!
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Yet another Poole commission to shoot a crew on a boat - but this time complete with the owners. It all looks very nautical and ship shape, but the presence of women on board would have appalled many old time sailors!

The two main subjects here (the boat and the people) are confirmed (by the title and the labels on the crew's hats) to be the schooner "Wildflower", and the family of its owner, the 4th Baron Muskerry. The more brightly dressed lady (with her hand on the tiller) is unknown, but the others are almost certainly the baron (Hamilton), the baroness (Flora), their three eldest boys (Hamilton, Robert & Matthew), and young daughter (also Flora). Based on the ages of the kids, and the fact that they only acquired the yacht in 1883, it seems likely that this was captured in the mid-1880s. While location is not 100% confirmed, it seems most likely that this image was captured in Waterford....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Likely mid-1880s (boat/kids)


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Date: 2018-07-10 14:18:38

A.H. Poole Arthur Henri Poole Poole Collection Glass Negative National Library of Ireland Lord Muskerry's boat lady ladies children wooden horse Lady Muskerry Lord Muskerry Springfield Castle Pleasure craft Schooner Toy horse Tin toy Yacht Wild Flower Sailing vessel Hamilton Matthew Tilson FitzMaurice Deane-Morgan 4th Baron Muskerry Deane-Morgan Skeffington 1880s Flora Brass Binnacle oil lamps

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The Wild Flower was owned by Lord Muskerry of Springfield Castle, Drumcolliher. Co.Limerick from 1883 until latest 1910.
sharon.corbet 2018-07-10 14:40:32
According to his peerage entry, Hamilton Matthew Tilson FitzMaurice Deane-Morgan, 4th Baron Muskerry had 5 kids, but only one daughter, Flora, born in 1882. Given her apparent age, it's probably the mid 1880s.
sharon.corbet 2018-07-10 14:49:11
Here are Hamilton and Flora (aged 18) in the 1901 census.
Niall McAuley 2018-07-10 16:03:16
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
domenico milella 2018-07-10 16:48:38
A closer photo and two of the Wild Flower -

Via Trove -
"... Lord Muskerry possesses one of those encumbered estates which leaves a wretched margin of income to the nominal owners. Lady Muskerry has latterly materially helped to increase the income by engaging in the egg and fowl trade. She owns over three thousand hens, and has at least an acre of the demesne wired in for them." (1887)

"... It was in a debate in the House of Lords in September, 1893, when the little Lord Muskerry was giving himself airs as a representative peer. " Lord Muskerry," said Lord Rosebery, " knows all about Ireland, but what does Ireland know about Lord Muskerry ?" (1896)
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-07-10 17:24:10
Springfield Castle on the OSI 25"
Niall McAuley 2018-07-10 19:25:29
I'm pretty certain this was taken at Waterford. The bridge in the background is Timbertoes which was demolished in 1910/11. High ground on the left of the photo is Bilberry. In the right background is the North Wharf, the white buildings were originally part of White's shipyard.
I would put the location somewhere around here on the
ofarrl 2018-07-10 20:26:45
THE WILD FLOWER, schooner, Lord Muskerry, arrived at Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire] from Wexford last evening and took up her mooring in the old harbour for the purpose of getting scraped and undergoing some slight repairs. She will be among the competitors in the cross-Channel match of the Royal Alfred Club on Saturday next.

Freeman's Journal, 18 May 1877
Carol Maddock 2018-07-10 22:28:42
[] I was just going through this shot again and looking at the object you put the "note" on! What on earth is it?

While that object might remain a "known unknown", in the meantime I have updated the "known knowns" in the tags and description!
National Library of Ireland on The Commons 2018-07-11 03:50:04
Beachcomber's unknown object is a brass binnacle. it would have held the compass and the little conical protrusions on the top are vents for oil lamps that would have illuminated the compass at night.

As has been said before, Flickr is sometimes amazing
Brass Binnacle
ofarrl 2018-07-11 05:27:57
[] Thank you!
BeachcomberAustralia 2018-07-11 14:13:31
Great discovery and photo
Dr. Ilia 2018-07-11 15:00:06

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