MV Plassy

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On the Rocks, Inisheer, Aran Islands -2- - - 637547.jpg
Plassy aground, photographed in 1962
Name: Plassy (or Plassey)
Owner: Limerick Steamship Company
Operator: Roycroft Ltd
Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Yard number: 669
Laid down: 23 May 1940
Launched: 2 October 1940
Commissioned: 20 Mar 1941
  • Launched as Juliet
  • Renamed Peterjon in 1947
  • Renamed Plassy in 1951
General characteristics
Displacement: 585 tons
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. It was renamed Peterjon and converted to a cargo vessel in 1947. It 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, it was caught in a severe storm and ran onto Finnis Rock, Inisheer, Aran Islands.

A group of local Islanders, the Inisheer Rocket Crew,[1] rescued the entire crew from the stricken vessel using a breeches buoy — an event captured in a pictorial display at the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire.

Several weeks later, a second storm washed the ship off the rock and drove it ashore on the island.

The wreck still lies on the shoreline and is a tourist attraction. It is visible in the opening credits of the television series Father Ted. In early January 2014, Storm Christine shifted the wreck's position on the coast for the first time since 1991.[2]


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  2. ^ Baker, Noel (13 January 2014). "Islands hit hard by storms now waiting for help". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 January 2014.

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