Co. Cork Wreck List "F"
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Vessel Type:


Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:7th May 1915Place:Old Head of Kinsale
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Kinsale or Courtmacsherry
Charted Depth:100mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 87
Height of Wreck:10mAdmiralty Chart No:2081 and/or 2424
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:51 25 21 North
Type of Seabed:SiltLongitude:08 33 10 West
Average Visibility:10 - 20mDiving Experience:Very experienced Tri-Mix
Picture available?Yes - click here
Diving Information:   
  • Permission is needed to dive this wreck from the owner Greg Bemis, and Office of Public Works.
  • Lies 11.8 miles south of Old Head of Kinsale.
  • Bow points in a North North-East direction and she lists to starboard.
  • Badly broken up.
  • Bell was recovered in 1983 and is on display in the Imperial War Museum.
Historical Information:
  • A Cunard liner, she was built in 1907 by John Brown & Co. Ltd. of Glasgow.
  • She grossed 30,396 tons and measured 232.31 x 26.72 x 17.22 metres.
  • Driven by four massive turbine powered triple-bladed propellors she was capable of 25 knots, and held the Blue Ribbon for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic for three years.
  • Bound Liverpool from New York, she was torpedoed by U-20 commanded by Lieutenant Schwieger .
  • Cargo included passengers, explosives and shells.
  • She sank in 18 minutes. 1,195 lives were lost.
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Exploring the Lusitania"
Robert D. Ballard
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1995 - ISBN: 0297813145
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Lusitania - Unravelling the Mysteries"
Patrick O'Sullivan
Collins Press 1998 - ISBN: 1898256519
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
Other Sources:
Dez Quiggley
Irish Technical Diving (1998)
Leigh Bishop
- (2004)
Rob Betz
- (2002)
UK Diving
Internet (1999)
Co. Cork Wreck List "F"

Last update - 05-Dec-2005

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