Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Salvage Ship

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:28th September 1921Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Struck RocksBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:8mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:
Type of Seabed:Boulders and kelpLongitude:
Average Visibility:5 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
Image available?Yes - see below
Diving Information:
  • Lies at the same site as "Knights Gareth" at Tolovney.
  • Wreckage of both vessels scattered about.
  • Largest object is a boiler.
  • Her steel propeller is in a cave opposite.
  • Little or no current in the area.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by North of Ireland Marine Salvage Co., she was built in 1879 by H.M.Dockyard, Pembroke.
  • She grossed 126 tons and measured 87 x 26 x 9ft.
  • Served as a submarine tender, supply boat, and gunboat.
  • Reputed to have been involved in relief of General Gordon on the Nile.
  • Was carrying out salvage work on "Knights Gareth".
  • Her anchor cables snapped while all the crew were ashore at a ceilidh, and struck the rocks above the "Knights Gareth" site.
  • No lives were lost.

© by kind permission of George Robinson - RIVERSEA

Source Publications:
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
byEdward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
byTommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Other Sources:
Internet 2006

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 03-Apr-2006

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