South Co. Antrim Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Steam Yacht

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:1918 approx.Place:Cushendun Bay
Cause of Loss:FounderedBoat Dive from:Cushendun
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5 & 9
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2199
Hull Material:IronLatitude:55 07 47 North
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude:06 02 15 West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Mainly broken sections, the largest being the boiler.
  • A large proportion was salvaged, and what is left is well embedded in the sandy bottom.
  • Should be dived on an incoming tide as the slip is left high and dry at Low Water.
  • Use 65 degrees x 500yds from Church.
 
Historical Information:
  • She is thought to be a former the Belgian Royal Yacht.
  • She foundered on rocks at Red Bay, when in service for the Royal Navy. Much of it was salvaged by Murray Bros. of Waterfoot.
  • One of the Murray Brothers was attacked by a conger, estimated at over 20ft. long. He is said to have never dived again as a result.
  • The main shaft was sold to the lime works in Glenarm.
  • Post Script
  • Recent research suggest her name was acually "S.Y. Clementina", built in 1887, grossing 625 tons and was converted to an armed auxilary at some point. Although only a difference of one character ("a" as opposed to "e") it could prove to be a totally different vessel.
  • The photo on the link above is the "S.Y. Clementina" (ex-Sultana, ex-Rondine).
 
Source Publications:
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
byIan Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
 
Other Sources:
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
Randal Armstrong
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Castlereagh SAC (1980)
Michael Montgomery
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Castlereagh SAC (2006)
South Co. Antrim Wreck List "A"

Last update - 08-Jun-2006

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