South & West Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Heavy Trawler

Location: Co. Donegal
Date of Loss: 1st October 1981 Place: Burtonport
Cause of Loss: Struck rocks Boat Dive from: Burtonport Harbour
Charted Depth: 28m Irish O.S. Map: Discovery Series No. 1
Height of Wreck: 4m Admiralty Chart No: 1883 and/or 2792
Hull Material: Steel Latitude (Decca): 55 00 46 North
Type of Seabed: Sand and rocks Longitude (Decca): 08 28 66 West
Average Visibility: 10 - 15m Diving Experience: Experienced
No image listed.

Diving Information:

  • Lying on starboard side, in one piece, 100m South-East of Bullignamirra Rock.
  • Alternative launch site is Arland Strand.
  • Now well encrusted with life and frequented by fish.
  • Warning!! Dangerous site if North-West swell coming in.

Historical Information:

  • Steel fishing boat, she was built in 1967 by Lodose Varf A/B., Lodose and measured 38.22 x 8.05 x 3.78m and owned by Aloysius Bonner of Burtonport.
  • She was powered by an 8 cylinder oil engine.
  • Holed herself on Bullignamirra Rock off Arland Strand on Halloween night.
  • Three out of her crew of eight survived.
  • The skipper, Francis Byrne and his son were amongst those lost.

Source Publications:
"Dive Sites"
Ivor McCaw
NIFSAC "Viz" Magazine (1988)
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025


South & West Co. Donegal Wreck List
Last update - 12-May-2003
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