Belfast Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Motor Coaster

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:1st January 1942Place:Copeland Islands
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Groomsport or Bangor
Charted Depth:23mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:4mAdmiralty Chart No:3709
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 40.648 North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and sandLongitude (GPS):05 30.641 West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Image available?Yes - see below
Diving Information:
  • Lies on East side of Copeland Island.
  • Wreck is almost upside-down and broken in half.
  • There are two good slips in the area, one at Groomsport and the other at Donaghadee.
  • Both are usable at any state of tide.
  • Best dived during Slack Water, 3 hours after High Water Belfast.
Historical Information:
  • Bound Maryport for Donaghadee. with coal, she ran onto the N.E. end of Copeland Island.
  • Her engines were put astern and she sailed off the rocks, but turned turtle and sank.
  • Built in Holland and grossing 277 tons and measuring 37.83 x 6.93 x 2.43 metres, she had been one of the evacuation fleet at Dunkirk in May 1940.

© by kind permission of Willem Vanvoorst

by kind permission of H. Meurs via Willem Bakema

Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1979)
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)
Willem Bakema
via email

Belfast Lough Wreck List

Last update - 21-Mar-2006

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