Rock, off Larne|
Series No. 9|
52' 54.66" North|
45' 07.08" West|
Lat. & Long.
- see below||Diving
three sections, but starting to deteriorate.
bow and bridge sections lie on the South side of Hunter's Rock, the stern to the
bow is intact on its port side at 24m, the bridge section is 15m astern of the
bow some 15m off the rock, the stern section lies in 25m at the base of the rock.
a few artifacts to be found, e.g. old lemonade bottles, and she teems with sea
to moor boat on site and await slack water.
1 hour before Larne low or high water. Slack is only 45 mins.
3 Masted iron vessel and built by Windgate on the Clyde in 1872, she weighed over
1216 net tons, and measured 300 x 35 x 24ft and had 2 decks.
was owned by Merrow & Co. who used her for shipping emigrants to America.
a trip from Glasgow to Larne/New York, she ran aground on Hunters Rock and was
badly holed. The buoy marking the rock had been dislodged.
tugs from Belfast and two from the Clyde could do little except take off the crew
and the seventeen passengers, and some of the 2000 tons of cargo.
by Captain McGowan.
January 13th, 1879, the big steamer cracked into three parts and sank.
was discovered by a local diving club in 1966.
photo of "S.S. State of Georgia",
sister ship to the "S.S. State of Louisiana".
email from Tom Watson
external copyrights respectfully acknowledged
by kind permission of Michael Montgomery, Castlereagh SAC
Ulster Constabulary September 1991|
Index of Ireland"
& Bridget Larn|
Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970|
of the Ulster Coast"
|Ian Wilson Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993|
|Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993|
Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
1999 - ISBN: 0948283025|
Donkeys Dive Club (2007)|
Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)|
update - 20-May-2008