North Co. Down Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:11th December 1937Place:Ballymacormick, Belfast Lough
Cause of Loss:SwampedBoat Dive from:Groomsport
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:3m & scatteredAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 41.035 North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude (GPS):05 37.839 West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mDiving Experience:Novice
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Diving Information:  
  • Wreck scattered over a wide area.
  • Congers and lobsters in quantity.
  • Dive 1 hour before High Water Belfast.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by J. Kelly Ltd., Belfast and built by J. Lewis & Sons, 1923, she grossed 586 tons and measured 165.2 x 27 x 11.2ft.
  • She was powered by triple-expansion engines generating 83rhp. and a speed of 10 knots.
  • Bound Belfast for Llanelli with 619 tons of scrap metal and 16 tons of lead, she developed a list to starboard when off Grey Point.
  • The captain, James McCalmont, decided to turn back.
  • By the time she was off Briggs Buoy, her cargo shifted again, and combined with her being broadside on to the wind, the starboard deck was awash.
  • As the captain made a run for the shore, she edged closer and closer to Ballymacormick Point. Her siren was sounded and rockets fired.
  • The Groomsport life-saving team dragged one man from the water - a non-swimmer, William Hunter, the only survivor.
  • The wreck was dispersed by explosives after salvage attempts failed.
 
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
by
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"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
 
Other Sources:
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
Vic Foster
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Castlereagh SAC (1996)
North Co. Down Wreck List

Last update - 05-Jun-2006

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