Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

French Trawler

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:14th February 1963Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:CapsizedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:35mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:55 11 50 North
Type of Seabed:Stones and shaleLongitude:06 03 45 West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mDiving Experience:Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • Position above is approximate.
  • She lies somewhere on the East side of Rathlin and is supposed to be close to the "Lochgarry".
  • Although she has not yet been found, artifacts with French writing on them have been recovered in the area.
  • Dive at slack water.
  • There is a fee for launching at Ballycastle slipway.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Roger Rouello, Lorient, France, she measured 112 x 26 x 10ft., and grossed 234 tons.
  • Flares were spotted on the morning of 15th off the East coast of Rathlin. The crew were picked up off Rue Point by a passing coaster several hours later and were transported to Coleraine.
  • Suspected to have been illegally fishing the east side of Rathlin, when her trawl nets fouled the "Lochgarry" and she capsized.
  • Trawl nets, doors and warps on the wreck of the "Lochgarry" would indicate that she lies somewhere nearby.
  • Official reports state that she struck rocks off the Mull of Kintyre and sank.
  • However, with a South-South-East wind and ebb tide it would not have been possible for the survivors and wreckage to reach Rathlin
  • All twelve of the crew were rescued.
 
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
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 04-Apr-2003

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