This plaque is on the corner of the bridge at Bachelors Walk and is on the route walked by Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. This route is one of my walking tours of Dublin.
The “puffball of smoke” was from a “brewery barge with export stout”. Guinness barges continued to transport kegs of stout until June 1961. After the 1913 lockout, Guinness decided to get their own ships and these became specialised. The last series were purpose built tankers.The last of these ships was M.V. Miranda Guinness which made her maiden voyage from Dublin Port to Runcorn in Cheshire, in January 1977. She was the world’s first specially commissioned bulk liquid carrier. The last sailing out of Dublin was in April 1993.