Co. Cork Wreck List "B"
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Vessel Type:

4 masted Steamer

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:15th May 1884Place:Cape Clear
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Schull
Charted Depth:8 - 22mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 88
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2184
Hull Material:IronLatitude (approx.):51° 26' 10" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & kelpLongitude (approx.):09° 28' 42" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies about 1km East of South Harbour below the old lighthouse.
  • Chains and anchors can be seen at 8m.
  • The intact boilers and iron plates are at 22m.
  • Note! A permit is needed to dive this wreck.
Historical Information:
  • A Leyland single screw steamer, she was built at Belfast by Harland & Wolff in 1867 and grossed 2,967 tons and measured 390 x 37.2ft.
  • She was powered by a 2 cylinder compound steam engine.
  • While bound Liverpool for Boston in thick fog with passengers, wool, whiskey and brandy, she struck the cliffs.
  • A 16ft. section of rock fell on her, and she heeled over and sank.
  • Due to her age the ship was not insured, but her cargo was.
  • A large part of her cargo was salvaged by Cork diver Mr. Barry of Togher.
  • Commanded by Captain Farqueson.
  • The 68 crew all got off safely.

S.S. Illyrian

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Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Internet site (2000)

Co. Cork Wreck List "B"

Last update - 05-Dec-2005

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