The Maidens Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:19th December 1916Place:The Maidens
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Ballylumford
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 9
Height of Wreck:2mAdmiralty Chart No:2198 and/or 2199
Hull Material:IronLatitude (GPS):54 55.780 North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (GPS):05 43.533 West
Average Visibility:8 - 10mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Image available?Yes - see below
Diving Information:
  • Lies on the North side of the East Lighthouse on South Maiden.
  • Badly broken up. Rarely dived.
  • Dive 30 mins. before High or Low Water at Belfast, although the last of the flood tide is best.
  • Launch from Ballylumford Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Built 1883 for John Fullerton & Co., Glasgow, she grossed 194 tons and measured 120.0 x 20.0 x 9.4ft.
  • Powered by a 2 cylinder compound engine by William King & Co., Glasgow.
  • At the time of loss she was owned by John M. Patton, Glasgow.
  • Wrecked while on a voyage from Ayr to Magheramourne with coal.
  • The crew were saved.
  • Was torpedoed off Salonica on 22nd January 1916, refloated and repaired - info from John Snell whose father was onboard in Salonica.

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Via email from John Snell

His father was onboard when S.S. Norseman was torpedoed off Solonica earier in 1916.

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Same photo without the frame.

Via email from John Snell

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Source Publications:
"Cambrian Coasters"
R.S. Fenton
World Ship Society 1989 - ISBN: 0905617525
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
John Snell
Via email (2007)
Peter Steel
North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)

The Maidens Wreck List

Last update - 26-Sep-2007

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