2004:0537 - BERTH 50A, DUBLIN PORT, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: BERTH 50A, DUBLIN PORT

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0560

Author: William O. Frazer, Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, 27 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 719726m, N 734245m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.344869, -6.201931

Monitoring of dredging for a new berth was undertaken in April-May 2004. The berth is at the south end of Breakwater Road South, adjacent to land reclaimed by the Dublin Port Authority/Company in the past 37 years, just east of the North Wall and the North Wall (Breakwater) lighthouse and just west of the car ferry terminal. While most of the site lay within the main modern Dublin Harbour channel, and has thus been dredged regularly in recent times, it was near the historical location of Brown's Patch sandbank and Clontarf Pool, in an area infamous for its tortuous, shifting sands, at the confluence of the Liffey and Tolka estuaries. No wrecks are recorded specifically for this area, but the eastern extremity of Brown's Point was sufficiently dangerous to have been successively marked by buoys to prevent breaching by vessels entering either Dublin Port or Clontarf Pool. No archaeology was revealed anywhere on the site, and no further mitigation was recommended.