North Co. Donegal Wreck List "B"
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Vessel Type:

Admiralty Trawler

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:23rd June 1917Place:Malin Head
Cause of Loss:MinedBoat Dive from:Bunagee Pier in Culdaff, or at Glengad Pier
Charted Depth:33mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 3
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2811
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:55 22 23 North approx.
Type of Seabed:Course shell gravelLongitude:07 10 37 West  approx.
Average Visibility:10 - 15mDiving Experience:Experienced
Picture available?Yes - click here
Diving Information:
  • Due to strong currents dive only at slack water.
  • Slack is High/Low Water Belfast - 20 minutes.
  • Boiler is highest part of wreck as it is settling into the gravel.
Historical Information:
  • Originally built in 1910 by Beverly Shipyard, Hull, (yard no. 201) she was owned by T.W. Bascomb, Grimsby, registration no. GY 552.
  • A screw ketch, she measured 131.5ft. x 22.5ft. and grossed 280 tons (119 net) and powered by engines from C.B. Holmes of Hull..
  • In February 1915 she was drafted into the Navy as an minesweeper (Admiralty No. 1149) and fitted with a single 6 pounder gun.
  • She struck a mine while patrolling off Malin Head.
  • Known locally as 'Mickey Willie's Wreck'.

Source Publications:

"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
Other Sources:
Tim Mackie
Queens University of Belfast SAC (2000)
North Co. Donegal Wreck List "B"

Last update - 06-May-2003

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