Co. Cork Wreck List "E"
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Vessel Type:

Armed Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:13th March 1917Place:Galley Head
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Red Strand
Charted Depth:18mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 87
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2092
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):51° 32' 20" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks, gullies & kelpLongitude (approx.):08° 55' 47" West
Average Visibility:6 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available? Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies off Currigduff Rock in Dirk Bay which lies between Galley Head and Dunowen Head.
  • Wreck is badly broken up. Decks have collapsed.
  • Largest items are the boilers.
  • Abounds with Ling, cod, bream and some congers.
  • Warning!! Some steel shells and large bombs lying around. Do not touch!
  • Launch from the beach at Red Stand. A 4x4 is strongly recommended.
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1913 by Calendon Shipbuilding & Eng. Co. Ltd., Liverpool, and owned by F. Leyland & Co. Ltd. of Liverpool, she measured 122.07 x 15.95 x 10.66 metres grossed 6,327 tons.
  • She was armed with a 1 x 4.7 inch stern gun.
  • While bound New York for Liverpool with general cargo and bagged grain she was struck by a mine, laid by UC-43, in the engine room while four miles south of Galley Head.
  • Attempts were made by Captain W. Brown to get her to the shore at Red Strand, but she grounded on Carrigduff Rock.
  • Many salvage attempts took place to retrieve her 1,000,000 cargo of copper ingots, bombs, artillery and automobiles.
  • During a storm she slipped of the rock into deeper water.
  • Six crew died in the engine room.
S.S. Norwegian

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Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Diving the Norwegian"
Clive Hawkins CFT's
"SubSea" Autumn 2000
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713

Co. Cork Wreck List "E"

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