Brewery barge

Starting across the river in Lestrygonians, Bloom notices a ball of smoke rising up beside the stone railings of the bridge: "As he set foot on O’Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up from the parapet. Brewery barge with export stout. England. Sea air sours it, I heard." The barge going under the bridge is from the Guinness brewery stores on the south bank of the Liffey at the western end of Dublin. It is carrying barrels of stout down to the mouth of the river, where they will be loaded onto oceangoing ships that cannot pass upstream beyond the O'Connell Bridge.

JH 2019

Steam-powered brewery barges on the Liffey in 1911. Source: www.irishmirror.ie.