Bay, Rathlin Island|
Series No. 5|
- The remains of the wreck were blown up in 1979 by the
- It now resembles a large
scrap yard more than anything else. The 6ins. guns are still visible.
to see with lots of nooks and crannies to be explored.
be dived at any state of the tide, but make sure the anchor is secure as the wind
can blow the boat off station.
- The wreck
lies 200m north of a South Cardinal Buoy outside the entrance to the harbour.
is a fee to to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
- Ammunition lying around - it
could be in a dangerous state.
was a four funnelled Armoured Cruiser of 14100 tons, she had spent the war years
on Atlantic patrol, escorting convoys.
at Pembroke Dockyard in 1902,
she measured 500 x 71 x 26ft. and was powered by triple-expansion engines with
Belleville boilers. These generated
30,557 I.H.P., giving a maximum speed of 24 knots.
weapons consisted of - two 9.2in guns, sixteen 6in., fourteen 12-pounders, three
3-pounders, 2 torpedo tubes, two maxims and a compliment of 900 men.
protecting the west bound Convoy HH24, she was torpedoed by U-boat U-79, five
miles north of Rathlin.
original intention was to beach her in Church Bay, but she rolled over and sank
before she reached the shore. Out of 900 crew, 19 were killed in the incident.
was commanded by Captain S.H. Radcliffe.
salvage operations commenced in 1920. Eventually, after having been a continual
hazard to shipping, the Navy blew her up during the latter part of the 1970's.
of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474|
Index of Ireland"
& Bridget Larn|
Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970|
of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
J. Bourke |
J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN:
of the Ulster Coast"
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993|
Cruise of H.M.S. Drake"
Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy"
Blandford Press 1984 - ISBN: 0713713488|
Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
| Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN:
|Hydrographic Department (1970)|
update - 26-Aug-2004