North Co. Donegal Wreck List "B"
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Vessel Type:

38 Gun Frigate

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:4th December 1811Place:Lough Swilly
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Buncrana or Portsalon
Charted Depth:Irish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 2 & 3
Height of Wreck:Admiralty Chart No:2811 and/or 2723
Hull Material:WoodLatitude:55 17 00 North
Type of Seabed:Longitude:07 35 00 West
Average Visibility:Diving Experience:
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies off the Swilly rocks, Lough Swilly
  • The wreck is marked on old fathom charts as being at the southern end of the bay.
 
Historical Information:
  • A fifth rate vessel, she was built by Temple & Sons of South Shields in 1809 grossing 951 tons and measured 145 x 39ft.
  • In the company of the sloop of war "Talbot", they had sailed west the previous day, but were caught in a gale. The "Saldahna" is thought to have struck the Swilly rocks.
  • The first indication of the loss was when 200 bodies were washed ashore at Ballymastoker Bay - there were no survivors.
  • The only relic of the wreck was a parrot with a silver collar inscribed "Saldahna".
  • Captain Packenham, brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington, is buried at Rathmullen.
  • The fate of the "Talbot" is assumed to be that of the "Saldahna".
  • Her commander was the Hon. Captain Willam Pakenham.
 
Source Publications:
"Donegal Shipwrecks"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1998 - ISBN: 094815456X
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
 
Other Sources:
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
North Co. Donegal Wreck List "B"

Last update - 05-May-2004

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