Plassy aground, photographed in 1962
|Name:||Plassy (or Plassey)|
|Owner:||Limerick Steamship Company|
|Builder:||Cook, Welton & Gemmill, Beverley: Holmes|
|Laid down:||23 May 1940|
|Launched:||2 October 1940|
|Commissioned:||20 Mar 1941|
|Renamed:||Launched as Juliet
Renamed Peterjon in 1947
Renamed Plassy in 1951
|Fate:||Wrecked on 8 March 1960
|Length:||173.8 ft (53.0 m)|
|Beam:||27.6 ft (8.4 m)|
|Draught:||13.5 ft (4.1 m)|
|Propulsion:||8-cylinder 2S.C.SA Diesel|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
MV Plassy, or Plassey, was a steam trawler launched in late 1940 and named HMT Juliet in 1941. She was renamed Peterjon and converted to a cargo vessel in 1947. She was acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951 and renamed Plassy.
On 8 March 1960, while sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass, and yarn, she was caught in a severe storm and ran onto Finnis Rock, Inisheer, Aran Islands. The crew of 11 were safely taken off with the assistance of local islanders using a breeches buoy fired by rocket. Several weeks later a second storm washed the ship off the rock and drove her ashore on the island.
The wreck still lies on the shoreline and is a tourist attraction. She is visible in the opening credits of the television series Father Ted.
- "Old friends recall how they saved 11 lives from the deep". Irish Independent. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- Harold Strong. "Plassey On The Rocks, Inisheer, Aran Islands". geograph.ie. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
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