Could someone travel from London to Dublin by ship in 1816?
I'm doing research for a historical novel, and I'm trying to find out information about sea travel during the first few decades of the 19th century.
I know ships sailed from Liverpool to Dublin, but if you were in London, was it possible to go down the Thames, get to the Channel, then go around Cornwall and up the Irish Sea to Dublin? Did they do that, instead of going overland to Liverpool?
Any resources people know of where I could find out more would be appreciated as well.
- RRLv 77 years agoFavourite answer
It would be possible. London was a major sea port. There were bound to be ships sailing to Dublin.
There may not have been any dedicated passenger ships but it was possible to book a passage on a cargo ship.
- 7 years ago
Chester was the major staging point to Ireland, with the ships sailing from the Wirral peninsula.
Handel's messiah was finished there as he waited to go to Dublin.
There is a pub there called 'The Dublin Packet' where the mail went from .
- ammianusLv 77 years ago
But still quicker to travel overland to Liverpool or Bristol and take a ship from there to Dublin.
- 7 years ago
No. There were none then are there are none now. It was either from Liverpool or Holyhead. In earlier times it would have also been possible from Chester before the River Dee silted up.