North Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Freighter

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:7th October 1943Place:Tranarossan North of Downings
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Doagh Bay or Downings
Charted Depth:25mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 2
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2699
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):55° 56' 48" North
Type of Seabed:RockyLongitude (approx.):08° 38' 30" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available? Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Consists mainly of broken plates, although there are still some large items about, e.g. the boilers and funnels.
  • Getting the boat into the water can be a bit of a hassle as the sand is very soft. Best dived at slack water.
  • Wreck lies 20 to 30ft. off the rock face on the seaward side of the island.
  • Don't moor the boat at the wreck - anchor at the point marked on the diagram beside the flat rock.
Historical Information:
  • A Greek steamer, she was carrying a cargo of bulk grain from Hilifax to London.
  • She was torpedoed by a U-Boat U-402 at position 54°N 26°35'W.
  • After being torpedoed she caught fire, eventually drifting ashore.
  • The fire raged for days before she eventually sank.
  • Some sources say she is called "Caliope".

S.S. Kalliopi

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(thought to be the correct vessel)


Source Publications:
"Donegal Shipwrecks"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1998 - ISBN: 094815456X
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1984)
Francis Hood
N.I. Dive (1985)

North Co. Donegal Wreck List

Last update - 05-May-2004

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