The Maidens Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Motor Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:7th September 1955Place:The Maidens
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Ballylumford
Charted Depth:16mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 9
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:2198 and/or 2199
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 55.558 North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (GPS):05 43.515 West
Average Visibility:8 - 10mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
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Diving Information:
  • Lies on the South-East tip of Saddle Rock.
  • Badly broken up.
  • Rarely dived. Artifacts still to be found.
  • Dive 30 mins. before High or Low Water at Belfast, though the last of the ebb tide is best.
  • Launch from Ballylumford Harbour.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by S.W. Coe & Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
  • Built in 1911, she grossed 426 tons and measured 43.71 x 7.41 x 3.17m.
  • Bound Liverpool for Larne, with general cargo, she ran onto Saddle Rock. in fog.
  • Attempts to free her were unsuccessful.
  • She was sold to John Lee & Co., salvage contractor and scrap merchant of "Lee’s Wreck" fame in Strangford Lough.
  • On 12th December 1955, in heavy seas she slipped off the rock and sank.
 
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 

Other Sources:

Peter Steel
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North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
The Maidens Wreck List

Last update - 04-Apr-2003

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