Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Destroyer

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:2nd October 1917Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:42mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:4mAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:55.17 North
Type of Seabed:Longitude:06.16 West
Average Visibility:Diving Experience:Very Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • Bow section has been plotted on an echo sounder.
  • Lies 1.5 miles South West of Black Head, Church Bay, off Bull Point.
  • Dive at Slack Water. Tide very strong.
  • Consult local knowledge before attempting a dive.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
 
Historical Information:
  • "H" Class Destroyer built in 1910 by John Brown Shipbuilders, Glasgow, she was powered by steam turbines generating 13,000hp giving her a maximum speed 27 knots.
  • She measured 246 x 25.25 x 15.5ft., and grossed 780 tons.
  • Her guns - two 4", two 12 pounders, two 21" torpedo tubes.
  • Was on escort duty with convoy HH24 to the North of Rathlin, the same convoy that "HMS Drake" was escorting.
  • She was deployed to escort some of the scattered ships through Rathlin Sound when she was torpedoed by U-79, 1.5 miles South-West of Bull Point.
  • The blast blew the ship in two. The bow section sank immediately, the stern section remaining afloat long enough to be towed to Londonderry.
  • Thirty-one men were lost.
 
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
"The Fighting Ships in the Royal Navy"
by
E.H.H. Archibald
Blandford Press 1984 - ISBN: 0713713488
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
by
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 19-Oct-2005

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