Coleraine Salmon Leap

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

View of the salmon leap on the Bann river, near Coleraine.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Pub[lishe]d by M. Ward, Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Salmon Leap on the Bann River, Colerain

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • The Cutts - Named locality
  • Coleraine - Town or city
  • Derry - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Bridges, Fishing, People, Rivers, Women
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. 59
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

ABOUT two miles from Coleraine the navigation of the Bann River, which flows through that flourishing town, is obstructed by a ledge of high rocks, running across its bed, called the Salmon Leap; – The waterfall over this huge and high barrier is magnificent in the extreme, and the high banks on the east side are covered with forest trees and underwood, while on the western border stands a lofty but ruined mill, the rapid waters rushing idly and uselessly by – adding, indeed, to the picturesque beauty of the scenery, but contributing only to the occupation of the fisherman, or the enjoyments of the angler. The Fishery of the Bann has long been celebrated for its productiveness, and the fish taken there, are generally sent to Port Rush, for exportation to the principal Scotch and English markets. This noble river is the only outlet to Lough Neagh – one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe; but owing the above interruption of the river, caused by the “Salmon-Leap,” and another fishery a few miles farther up, it is not navigable for any king of craft. A company are now about to apply for an Act of Parliament to carry this most desirable object so likely to benefit that portion of the North of Ireland, into effect. [p. 58]
Coleraine Salmon Leap