North Co. Down Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Motor Ship

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:4th January 1945Place:Bangor
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksShore Dive from:Wilson's Point
Charted Depth:8mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:54.40 North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude:05.40 West
Average Visibility:5 - 8mDiving Experience:Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies at Wilson's Point.
  • Not much left. Steel plates and pipes etc. can be seen wedged in the rocks and gullies.
  • Sloping rocky bottom leveling out onto sand.
  • Access is via the path on the Point.
 
Historical Information:
  • A pioneer motor-ship of 4,774 tons, she had been built as the "Oregon", at Copenhagen in 1916, by Akt. Burmeister & Wain, for Det. Forenede Dampskibs. Selskab, Denmark.
  • Measuring 407.8 x 54.2 x 33.4ft., she was powered by two 4SCA six cylinder B&W oil engines, by Shipbuilder, generating 622nhp.
  • In May 1940, taken over by Ministry of Shipping and placed under the management of Stephens, Sutton Ltd.
  • On a passage from Newport to Halifax N.S., she was waiting to join a convoy in Belfast Lough, when she dragged her anchors and foundered on Wilson’s Point, Bangor.
  • Some of it was beached for scrapping. Large chunks can still be seen wedged in the rocks. Screw later removed by Karl Bialowas.
 
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
by
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"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
"Stephens, Sutton Limited"
by
John Lingwood
World Ship Society
 
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
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Castlereagh SAC (1978)
North Co. Down Wreck List

Last update - 20-Jan-2010

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