I took these photos back in October 2014, when one Sunday afternoon I decided to walk the canal from the University of Limerick to the joining with the river. I knew that 32.M had been bought and brought down to Limerick from the Grand Canal with outboard engines, but I expected to find it in the canal, with restoration work well underway. To my surprise I found it still on the river section, where it appeared abandoned and on the bottom. Without even a cover over the hold similar to mine, the hold had half filled with water, the same mechanism which caused 77.M to sink in the first place, so obviously I was shocked to find history almost repeating itself. The boat is of a very similar design to my own, which is very interesting to observer, with the cut down bow, the cage and cabin, and the big open back deck with the tiller for steerage. I recently attended a talk by one of the local men involved in this restoration and was informed that they are waiting there moored up until the lock is opened so that they can moor on the canal stretch and begin their restoration work. The lock appeared fully operational to me, with new lock gates and rams in place, but I also heard there is hassle with getting them opened over political reasons. I hope that they sort this out and that work can start on this barge, not only is it historically significant because of its era, and its unique shaped, known colloquially as the “Diamond Barge”, but if left there much longer unloved, it could degrade even further and I fear be lost forever while finger pointing takes place.