Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Dutch Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:17th March 1940Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:
Type of Seabed:Rocks and kelpLongitude:
Average Visibility:6 - 8mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:  
  • She lies on the west side of Lack Point opposite the large rock and shore.
  • Badly broken up but engine and stern section still there.
  • The propeller has yet to be found.
  • Dive during the last hour of flood tide. Outside this time the current races at over 5 knots.
  • Area is also subject to sudden swell.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by C.G.J. Van Der Berg.Delft., she grossed 352 tons and measured 137 x 24 x 8ft. and was built in 1937
  • Powered by a 6 cylinder oil engine giving 73h.p..
  • She ran aground on St. Patrick's Day during dense fog while carrying a cargo of seed potatoes.
  • The crew managed to row ashore and raise the alarm.
  • Much of the cargo was salvaged and the hull stripped by the islanders before she broke up during a gale two weeks later.
 
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
by
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 03-Apr-2003

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