Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

View of Portrush, looking towards Ramore Head. with cliffs in the foreground and the ocean stretching away into the distance. Nine tall ships occupy the harbour. Further out at sea are several others, including a steam-ship.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Pub[lishe]d by M. Ward, Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Port Rush, Co: Antrim.

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns, Marines
Geographical Location
  • Portrush - Village
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 51
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THIS important, busy, and interesting village, may be called the Harbour of COLERAINE, from the extent of its shipping. Two massive piers or jettys have been formed at great expense, and enclose an excellent harbour and besides, being sheltered by the perpendicular side of “Ramore Hill,” makes this a safe shelter for ships of large tonnage in tempestuous weather, and was much required along this iron-bound coast. From this port, Steamboats ply regularly to Liverpool, the Clyde, and Londonderry, and it is the depôt for the export of Salmon from Fisheries, extending round the coast as far as Ballyshannon. There is a handsome hotel, and many bathing lodges, which are very much resorted to in the bathing season. A dangerous range of half-sunken rocks called the “Skerries,” lie neat to Port-Rush, on which, before the formation of the harbour, vessels were frequently wrecked. At a mile’s distance (towards Portstewart,) is an interesting Ruin, situated on the summit of a natural arch, formed in a stupendous cliff, and may be seen close to the coast road, which keeps the water’s edge, into Portstewart,–a distance of three miles. Port-Rush is 4 miles from Coleraine, 3 from Dunluce, 2 from White-Rocks, & 6 from Giant’s Causeway. [p. 50]