Belfast Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Motor Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:8th October 1965Place:Belfast Lough
Cause of Loss:Sank while under towBoat Dive from:Whitehead or Bangor
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:Admiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:54 43 34 North
Type of Seabed:Longitude:05 43 25 West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies 0.5 miles off Kilroot.
  • Badly broken up as she was dispersed by explosives due to being a hazard to shipping.
  • Launch from Carrickfergus at any time, or Whitehead 2 hours either side of High Water as slip is high and dry at other times.
  • Dive 1 hour before High Water Belfast.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built 1943 by John Harker Ltd., Knottingley, for the Ministry of Transport as "Empire Rancher".
  • She grossed 332 tons, measured 148.0 x 21.7 x 9.6ft. and was powered by a 5 cylinder 2SCSA oil engine from Crossley Brothers, Manchester.
  • Renamed "Normanby Hall" by the Anglo-Danubian Transport Co.
  • On 08/06/65 she stranded on Tara Point in fog, whilst on a voyage from Birkenhead to Belfast with a cargo of flour and animal feed.
  • Later refloated, but sank under tow to Carrickfergus, 0.5 miles off Kilroot, though one source places her 0.5 miles and 233 degrees from the North Briggs Buoy - the opposite side of Belfast Lough.
 
Source Publications:
"Cambrian Coasters"
by
R.S. Fenton
World Ship Society 1989 - ISBN: 0905617525
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 
Other Sources:
Gordon Leathem B.E.M.
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From his private notebook (2008)
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
Peter Steel
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North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
Belfast Lough Wreck List

Last update - 20-Jan-2014

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