Dr. Bill O' Gorman, from WIT, speaking about this site on WLR

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Blue Plaque Trail: Malcomson's Shipping Office

David Malcolmson, who had established the cotton industry in Portlaw from 1826, was one of the founders of the River Suir Navigation Co. in 1835. As a result of the success of the Portlaw factory they also became involved in the cross-channel trade - importing cotton and coal for the Portlaw enterprise, thus laying the foundation of a world-wide shipping empire. From the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s the Malcolmsons owned the largest fleet of iron steamers in the world.

Waterford Civic Trust has installed numerous Blue Plaques in the city to commemorate a link between a particular location and a famous person or event.

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