Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Trawler

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:5th March 1949Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:55.17.42 North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and kelpLongitude:06.17.30 West
Average Visibility:6 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
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Diving Information:
  • She lies North of  Bull Point to the West of the lighthouse.
  • The boiler and part of the bow can be seen on the beach.
  • The engine, winch and plates lie 100m off-shore in shallow water.
  • Avoid a day when there is a swell in the area.
  • Not subject to tidal currents.
  • There is a fee to launch at Ballycastle Harbour.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built for Brixham Trawlers Ltd. by Goole Shipbuilding & Rep. Co. Ltd., Goole, in 1908, she measured 110 x 21 x 12ft., and grossed 200 tons.
  • Bound Donegal for Fleetwood with 300 boxes of fish.
  • During a North-East gale of sleet and snow, she foundered on the rocks at Bull Point.
  • Alarm was raised by a lighthouse keeper.
  • One of the crew managed to swim ashore, the rest were rescued by the Rathlin Life Saving Team.
  • The lifesaving team were awarded the Board of Trade shield for their rescue of the 11 crew.
  • No lives were lost.
 
Source Publications:
"Fleetwood Fishing Industry"
by
P. Horsley & A. Hirst
Hutton Press 1991 - ISBN: 1872167276
"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 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
by
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Rathlin Island Wreck List

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