Acquisition of armed trawlersMajor General Vize established a force in May 1923 at Killybegs, Dun Laoghaire, Haulbowline and Galway with HQ at Portobello Barracks. The fleet was:
|Dainty||Deep sea tug||469||12 pdr||Ex admiralty|
|Muirchu||Patrol Vessel||323||12 pdr||Ex Fisheries|
|John Dunn||Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|William honner||Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|Christopher Dixon||Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|Robert Murray||Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|Thomas Thresher||Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|Mersey class trawler||250||12 pdr|
|TR 24||Canadian class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|TR 25||Canadian Castle class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|Tr27||Canadian class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|Tr29||Canadian class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|Tr 30||Canadian class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|Tr 31||Canadian class trawler||200||12 pdr|
|Inisherer||Drifter||36||Mg||Congested Districts board|
|John S Somers||Drifter||36||Mg|
|ML 1||80 foot||Described USA but probably Canadian|
|ML 3||80 foot||ditto|
|Ml 4||80 foot||ditto|
|unnnamed||River patrol in Shannon|
|Unnamed||River patrol in Shannon|
|Unnamed||River Patrol Waterford|
|Unnamed||River Patrol Lee|
|190||Steam Launch||Naval Pinnance||Mg|
|199||Steam Launch||Naval Pinnance||Mg|
The civil war troop landings
Passage WestBlockships Gorilla and dredger Owencurra sunk in the Lee to obstruct landings at Cork in 1922
Union HallOn 7-8-1922 the Arvonia and the Lady Wicklow commandeered steam packets from the LNWR and B&I landed troops from Dublin at Passage west. An armoured car was landed at Passage west.
KenmareOn 11-8-1922 the Margaret and Mermaid carried troops from Limerick to Coogmar pier in the Kenmare River.
Union HallThe Irish Lights tender Alexandria landed troops at Union Hall on 12-8-22.
KinsaleOn 25-8-1922 troops were landed from the Helga at Kinsale.
SligoThe Tartar was used on 21-7-1922 to engage Irregulars in the Rosses point area and Sligo.
WestportOn 22-7-1922 the Minerva carried 400 troops and artillery from Dublin to Westport.
FenitThe Lady Wicklow landed troops at Fenit pier on 7-8-1922
CorkThe Slieevnamon, St Senan and Mayfield were chartered from the Cargo steamship company of Dublin on 11-11-1922 as transport vessels and to patrol the Cork coast. They were equipped with searchlights and sometimes used to transport prisoners. The Slievenamon ran aground at Ballycotton during her service and was assisted by the Dainty and the lifeboat before being salvaged by Ensors.
River crossingsThe Guinness barge Shannon, tug Corona, motor yacht Lady Ada, steamers St Nicholas, Mermaid, Countess, Erin and Margaret were used for river crossings in the Shannon and Waterford.
- The Irish Navy by Tom McGinty, Kerryman, 1995
- Ireland’s Civil war by Calton Younger
- The Seahound by Daire Bruncardi
- A history of the Irish Naval service by Aiden McIvor