Rathlin Island WreckList
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Vessel Type:

Armed Passenger Liner

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:27th January 1918Place:Between Rathlin & Mull of Kintyre
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:123mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:13m Admiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:Steel Latitude:55 25 68 North
Type of Seabed:Sand over clayLongitude:06 17 62 West
Average Visibility:1 - 2mDiving Experience:Specialist Diving
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies 2 miles North-North-East of Altacarry Lighthouse.
  • Wreck lies accross the tide.
  • Bow is damaged.
  • A Tri-Mix dive for the very very experienced.
  • Tide is extremely strong and viz is usually almost zero.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built by Scotts of Greenock in 1913, she was owned by the Cunard Line and grossed 13,405 tons and measured 520 x 64 x 43ft.
  • Armed with a 1 x 4 inch stern gun.
  • Torpedoed by U-46 while 2 miles NNE Altacarry Lighthouse.
  • Seven crew died.
  • Rest of crew were rescued by nearby vessels.
  • Attempts to take her in tow were quickly abandoned as she sank rapidly.
 
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
by
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
 
Other Sources:
Norman Woods
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Internet site (2001)
Rathlin Island WreckList

Last update - 01-Apr-2003

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