Co. Cork Wreck List "G"
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Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:23rd October 1838Place:Barrel Rocks
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Schull
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 88
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2184 and/or 2424
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (approx.):51° 29' 15" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & kelpLongitude (approx.):09° 37' 24" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes (a letter) - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Barrel Rocks (some sources say Dromadda Rocks) are 1 mile West of Goat Island at the entrance to Long Island Channel.
  • Reputed to still contain some of her silver bullion.
  • Badly broken up.
  • Permission is needed to dive this wreck as it is over 100 years old.
  • Ideal dive for Novices.
Historical Information:
  • A Liverpool Brig, she was bound for Liverpool from Callao, near Lima, with a cargo of hides, wool, bark, silver plate and silver dollars.
  • Her commander, Captain Bartingdale (or Bettingall), and eight crew were drowned.
  • One of the crew, Henry Baldwin, was rescued by the Coastguard after he was washed onto the rocks.
  • The Coastguard were able to salvaged $36,000 in silver plate.
  • The underwriter's divers were able to salvage £70,000 (1838 value), and two divers stayed on working for themselves for eight years!
  • Possibly still some silver to be found.

© by kind permission of Roger Antell

Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"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
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Roger Antell
via email (2006)

Co. Cork Wreck List "G"

Last update - 16-May-2006

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