South Co. Down Wreck List "B"
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Vessel Type:

Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:16th January 1905Place:Newcastle
Cause of Loss:Struck RocksBoat Dive from:Newcastle
Charted Depth:Irish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21 & 29
Height of Wreck:Admiralty Chart No:44
Hull Material:IronLatitude:54 10 30 North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and sandLongitude:05 51 20 West
Average Visibility:Diving Experience:
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:
  • Position given as 0.5 miles offshore, 2 miles South of Newcastle.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1880 by J. Readhead & Sons, South Shields, she grossed 1,221 tons and measured 250 x 32.7 x 17.8ft.
  • Owned by Alexander & Mair, Glasgow, she was bound Ardrossan for Penarth & la rochelle with a cargo of barley.
  • In heavy seas she suffered engine damage off Holyhead and drifted. The trawler "Mermaid" stayed alongside until they drifted near Glasdrumman where the "Beechgrove" dropped anchors.
  • One of the cables snapped and she struck rocks at Dunmore. The crew were rescued by breeches-buoy.
  • The wreck was later purchased by McCausland's of Ballyhenry, Portaferry and partly scrapped.
 
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 Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
 
Other Sources:
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
South Co. Down Wreck List "B"

Last update - 18-Jan-2005

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