Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Cargo Steamer

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:2nd October 1917Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:90mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:10mAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55 16.78 North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (GPS):06 17.48 West
Average Visibility:Very poorDiving Experience:Specialist Diving
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Diving Information:    
  • Lies 2 miles South-West of Bull Point.
  • Lying upright in the main tidal stream running North-West.
  • Large hole in starboard side and forward bridge has collapsed.
  • Very silty and dark.
  • Only 20 minutes slack water at the turn of the tide, and only during neaps.
  • Best dived 15 minutes before HW Belfast.
  • Very dangerous. A Mixed Gas dive.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry-dock Co., West Hartlepool six months prior to her sinking. She grossed 2,372 tons and measured 350 x 51.1 x 24 ft. and was owned by the Gulf line Ltd.
  • Bound Liverpool from Norfolk, Virginia with cotton, steel and alcohol, she was part of Convoy HH24 escorted by "H.M.S. Drake".
  • After the "Drake" was hit, the convoy dispersed and the "Lugano" found herself in Rathlin Sound.
  • The same submarine that attacked the Drake, "U-79", had layed mines across the channel from Bull Point.
  • After striking one of these mines she sank rapidly but the crew were all able to get off safely.
 
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
 
Other Sources:
Norman Woods
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Portstewart SAC (1990)
Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 01-Apr-2003

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