North Co. Donegal Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Liner

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:3rd November 1940Place:Bloody Foreland
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:
Charted Depth:50mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 1
Height of Wreck:15mAdmiralty Chart No:2752 and/or 1883
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:53.13 North
Type of Seabed:RockyLongitude:10.40 West
Average Visibility:20mDiving Experience:Very Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • The top of the wreck is at about 30m.
  • The surrounding seabed is charted at 48 - 50m.
  • Due to the distance from shore, extreme caution should be taken regarding sea conditions and the weather.
  • Ther are varying opinions as to her position. Other sources say 54.09N 13.44W and 53.55N 14.30W.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Cunard-White Star Line, she was built in 1927 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, grossing 18,724 tons, measuring 578.2 x 75.4 x 40.6ft., and powered by triple-expansion low pressure turbine steam engines, giving a max. speed of 17 knots.
  • Acting as an armed merchant cruiser with 7 x 5.5 inch and 3 x 4 inch deck guns, she was in the North Western Approaches when torpedoed by U-99, and sank two hours later.
  • Fifty-two officers, including Capt. E.P. Vivian, and 315 ratings were rescued by the auxiliary cruiser "Patroclus". Three officers and 46 ratings were killed.
  • "Patroclus" was subsequently sunk by a submarine shortly afterwards.
 
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
by
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Great Passenger Ships of the World"
by
Arnold Kludas
"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
 
Other Sources:
Rob Betz
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www.lostliners.com (2002)
North Co. Donegal Wreck List "A"

Last update - 08-May-2003

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