Co. Wicklow Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Light Vessel

Location:Co. Wicklow
Date of Loss:28th March 1917Place:Arklow Bank
Cause of Loss:Bombed by U-BoatBoat Dive from:Arklow Quay
Charted Depth:53mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 62
Height of Wreck:7mAdmiralty Chart No:1787 and/or 1468
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:52.39 North
Type of Seabed:Sand Longitude:05.58 West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mDiving Experience:Experienced
Picture available?Yes - click here
Diving Information:
  • Lies close to the South Arklow marker buoy.
  • Sitting upright with damage to her port side.
  • Little superstructure above deck remains.
  • Visability usually very poor due to enormous amounts of sand moved by each tide.
  • Any artifacts recovered must be reported to Receiver of Wrecks.
  • Consult local knowledge.
  • Permission should be sought from Irish Lights before diving this vessel.
Historical Information:


  • Built of steel and wood she measured 96 x 22 x 12 feet.
  • Was boarded by the crew of UC-65, a mine laying U-Boat, and explosives placed onboard.
  • The crew were allowed to escape before the charges went off.
  • The explosives failed to sink her so UC-65 shelled her until she sank.
  • Uc-65 was commanded by Captain Otto Steinbrinck.
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105- 1993"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"The South Arklow Light Vessel" article
Roy Stokes
SubSea Magazine (Summer 2006)
Co. Wicklow Wreck List "A"

Last update - 23-Oct-2006

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