As large ships could not navigate all the way to Tralee town, a quay was built at Blennerville some time in the 17th century. Ships could unload their cargo there and transfer it to smaller boats which would continue all the way to Tralee. Over the years a great deal of silt reduced the depth of water in the quay and this caused problems when ships tried to dock. It was decided to build a canal which could accomodate large ships and allow them to make their way to the port of Prince's Quay which was on the edge of Tralee town. Tralee Marina and Basin Road is the area around this canal and a beautiful place to go for a nice stroll, ride your bike along the canal or just enjoy the view on the stunning mountain chain behind Tralee.