Rathlin Island Wreck List

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Vessel Type:

Paddle Steamer

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:4th April 1849Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:IronLatitude:55.16.30 North
Type of Seabed:Boulders and kelpLongitude:06.12 West
Average Visibility:6 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
Diving Information:  
  • Lies at Skeir Bane, half a mile North of Rue Point and 20m from the shore in 6m of water.
  • A guide is a large piece of metal on the beach opposite.
  • Engine and some plating still there.
  • Steam whistle, brass hatch hinges and china plates with the ship's name have been recovered by divers.
  • Not subject to currents.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by the North Lancashire Steam Navigation Co., she grossed 499 tons, and measured 160 x 25 x 13ft.
  • Bound Londonderry for Fleetwood with passengers and cattle, she ran onto rocks during dense fog.
  • Passengers and cattle were rescued.
  • She broke up a few days later.
  • Murray Brothers of Waterfoot. salvaged much of the copper and brass a few years later.
  • Built in 1844 originally for the Fleetwood - Ardrossan route, she was re-scheduled January 1849 for the Fleetwood - Londonderry run.
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
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 24-Jan-2003

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