Co. Kerry Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Steamer

Location:Co. Kerry
Date of Loss:23rd August 1916Place:The Blaskets
Cause of Loss:FounderedBoat Dive from:Dingle or Ventry
Charted Depth:45mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 70
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2790
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:52 05 58 North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & kelpLongitude:10 32 10 West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mDiving Experience:Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • Lies at Lochar Rock, north side of Great Blasket, in a westerly direction in a gully known as "Speir Cuas Faill Beag", in varying depths of 12 to 45m.
  • The site is relatively sheltered from most winds.
  • Covered in kelp.
  • Boilers still recognisable. Plates etc. lying in gullies. A recoil spring from a ships gun is still visible.
  • Warning!! - Don't touch the live shells lying around.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Mercantile Steam Ship Co., built 1912 by W. Gray & Sons of West Hartlepool, she measured 377.5 x 53.5 x 25.4ft. and grossed 4,538 tons.
  • She was powered by triple-expansion engines, generating 394nhp.
  • Bound New York for Liverpool, the Quebra changed course to avoid a submarine after a sighting.
  • A mist descended in the night and she ran onto treacherous rocks and sank.
  • Cargo was meat, cotton, watches, flour, wire, brass sheeting/rods/bars and artillery shells.
  • Navy cleared most of the live shells in 1984-85.
 
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 Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 
Other Sources:
Ralph McBride
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Castlereagh SAC (1985)
Co. Kerry Wreck List "A"

Last update - 10-Feb-2006

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