Showing posts from July, 2021

Revolutionary Steam Turbine Sloop Gate-crashing the Queens Naval Review

Steam-turbine powered sloop Turbinia with Charles Parsons at the Crows Nest Sometimes you have to be audacious to show the world your new invention. And this is what Anglo-Irishman Charles Parsons from Birr Castle Co Offaly did when on June 26 1897 he gatecrashed the Queen's diamond jubilee fleet review at Spithead on England’s south coast, being held there for royalty and the Lords of the Admiralty.  Turbinia gatecrashing the Queens Naval Review With Captain Christopher Leyland at the helm and Charles Parsons clinging to the Crows Nest the steam-turbine powered sloop Turbinia ran up a red pennant and burst into the four lines of over 165 Navy vessels steaming past for review. Leyland and Parsons zoomed in an out of the lined up naval vessels at over 30 knots and showed off madly for the crowds while easily evading navy boats sent out to catch her. Charles Algernon Parsons  (1854 - 1931) Birr Castle Co Offaly Anglo-Irish Charles Algernon Parsons, was a gifted mathematician and engi

Rare Vauxhall Wyvern hearse restored to previous glory after 44 years in storage

Rare Vauxhall Wyvern hearse restored to previous glory The Vauxhall Wyvern is a medium-sized family car introduced by Vauxhall in 1948 as a successor to the Vauxhall 12.  The name comes from the mythical beast the Wyvern, and may be due to a misidentification of the heraldic griffin on the Vauxhall badge.  In August 1951 a completely new Wyvern was launched, featuring: 4 door saloon 4 cylinder 1.5 litre 45 bhp Top speed 72 mph 33-35 m.p.g. McCairns Motors - Vauxhall / Bedford assembler and distributor in Ireland in the ‘50s McCairns Motors who were Vauxhall / Bedford assembler and distributor in Ireland in the ‘50s. McCairns sold many large British cars including the Wyvern and Velux and General Motors, owner of Vauxhall, vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bel-Air.  The high running and maintenance costs of these cars resulted in many being converted into hearses.  In 1953 this Vauxhall Wyvern hearse was bought by Ryan's Funeral Directors in Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.   The coachwork

Beautiful car restoration at the Glenview Folk Museum

Fully restored Lanchester LJ 200 in the Glenview Folk Museum This rare and beautiful 1953 Lanchester LJ 200 was fully restored over several years by Alan and Brian Kennedy of the Glenview Folk Museum. The Father and Son worked on the bodywork, interior and engine. The 4-cylinder inline engine runs sweetly and it has a party trick where you can balance a coin on the engine when it is running. While the two-tone colour of the paint is not original it is striking and shows off the perfect lines of this lovely car.  Glenview Folk Museum, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim The Glenview Folk Museum is located just outside Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim and is owned and ran by the Kennedy Family. The Kennedys recognised the importance of preserving the past for the future and have a large display of vehicles including the Lanchester and a 1930’s car workshop accurate to the smallest detail. The Kennedy’s look forward to welcoming you to their museum. Beginning in 1899 the three Lanches

Experience the luxury of the World’s only 1930s giant flying boat

The Boeing 314 flying boat which transformed  Foynes into one of the centres of the aviation world The Boeing 314 Clipper was an American long-range flying boat produced by the company from 1938 to 1941.  It provided the ultimate in luxury airplane travel in its day, un-matched even today in sheer elegance.  One of the largest aircraft of its time, it had the range to cross the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. While long range it still had to refuel when crossing the Atlantic.  Famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, surveyed the trans-Atlantic air route and identified Foynes In 1933 the world's most famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, was engaged as consultant to advise Pan American and other airlines about prospective routes across the Atlantic.  He touched down that year in his Lockheed Sirius in Galway Bay with his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh as his navigator.  They were looking for an area on the West Coast of Ireland suitable as a refueling a stop off point for transatlantic seaplanes.