Barge “Spera in Deo”
The 80 foot barge “Spera in Deo” (Trust in God) or “T82” was built in Holland in 1895 and although used as a cargo vessel, the records show she was originally a sailing ship.
Converted to a mussel dredger in the early part of the last century by the Blommaert family in Zierikzee, the boat remained in Holland until the mid Eighties when it left the Dutch shores for its new home on the South West coast of Ireland where it operated as the T82 for a number of years. Its last commercial move was to Greencastle in Donegal where it became one of the first dredgers to fish mussels on the River Foyle.
With the downturn in commercial Fishing it was sold to a local entrepreneur in Donegal who undertook a major overhaul of this historic vessel and used it for leisure purposed for a number of years.
Its present owner bought the barge with the intention of using it on Ireland Waterways. This seaworthy vessel set a course on Irelands Atlantic coastline from Donegal to the Shannon Estuary and then navigated up the Shannon to Limerick.
Whilst in Limerick, renowned Playwright Helena Enright, who was putting the finishing touches to ‘The River’, a multi-sensory theatrical experience about the river Shannon, had heard that the barge. “Spero in Deo” was about to be used for its most unusual use to date and became a floating theatre during August.
Presently Moored in Limerick she is available for potential buyers to view.
This historic Barge recently passed a full survey. In addition its mechanics were given the once over by an experienced marine mechanic who stated “this barge is in very good shape” and he would have no worries about it undergoing a long sea passage.
Its interior has had a very recent refit and is in excellent condition. In addition its two bedrooms are fitted with modern power showers and one has a jusizzi bath.
Although its exterior is in good shape, the owner’s intention is to give the outside paint a touch up later on this season.
This barge will only be on the market for a short time, the owner has decided to sell due the fact it’s presently in Dromineer and easily accessible to the sea and a major commercial port. If not sold it will be used as a houseboat.