According to a contemporary article Limerick Chronicle dated December 1834:
...the fine brig Thetis...foundered an Monday night or early yesterday morning, upon Beale bar in the Shannon, when the wind blew furiously from the west".
Thetis was laden with a cargo of timber from Quebec, destined for the famous Limerick merchant Francis Spaight. Due to the heavy storms, she ran aground and was never salvaged. The remains of her hull could be seen until very recently ...
My ceramic pieces are modeled on the remains of the shipwreck Thetis.I made my work to commemorate all ships lost in the wild ocean off the Irish west coast, and also as a momento to the hard-working sailors, many of whom lost their lives in such catastrophic events.