Strangford Lough Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:26th February 1934Place:Ballyquinton
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Portaferry or Strangford
Charted Depth:30mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:5mAdmiralty Chart No:2093 / 2156
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 19.749 North
Type of Seabed:Flat sand and rocksLongitude (GPS):05 26.649 West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mDiving Experience:Experienced
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Vessel is in an upright position. 30m to top of wreck.
  • Back end is broken open. Recommend the hire of a boat with wreck finding equipment, as site is to far out to sea to use transits.
  • Can be dived at nearly any state of the tide.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1894 for the Anglesey Shipping Co. by Scott & Sons, Bowling, she grossed 340 tons and measured 145.0 x 24.0 x 9.0ft.
  • She was powered by a 2 cylinder compound engine by Ross and Duncan, of Glasgow, and at the time of loss she was owned by Alexander Johnston, Belfast.
  • She was carrying granite blocks, from Portland, to be used in the construction of Stormont, when she struck Butter Pladdy.
  • After being part salvaged, she floated off the rocks and eventually sank at her present location.
  • Screw was raised by Portavogie divers and Robert Navon.
 
Source Publications:
"Cambrian Coasters"
by
R.S. Fenton
World Ship Society 1989 - ISBN: 0905617525
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 
Other Sources:
Vic Foster
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Castlereagh SAC (1996)
Strangford Lough Wreck List "A"

Last update - 06-Dec-2005

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