Rathlin Island Wreck List

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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:13th April 1918Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:CollisionBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:35mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:55.19.35 North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude:06.15 West
Average Visibility:5 - 8mDiving Experience:Very Experienced
No image listed.
Diving Information:
  • Lies 1 mile West-North-West of Altacarry Lighthouse, in the main run of the tide.
  • Although she has been plotted on an echo sounder, she has not been dived on to date.
  • Dive at Slack Water.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by W. Robertson, and built in 1886 by Scott & Co., Bowling, and grossed 468 tons and measured 175 x 25.1 x 10.3ft.
  • While under wartime blackout, she was heading for Londonderry with a cargo of steel plates, when she collided with the passenger ship "Lily" which was bound for Glasgow.
  • The "Diamond" sank almost immediately.
  • Ten crew were picked up by the "Lily".
  • One of the three crew that were lost was Patrick O'Dornan. It was his 25th birthday and he was last seen going below to collect his suit when the collision happened.
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
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Other Sources
Patricia O'Dornan, neice of crew member Patrick O'Dornan
by Email July 2004
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 19-Jul-2004

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