South Co. Antrim Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Salvage Steamer

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:11th April 1917Place:Ballygalley
Cause of Loss:FounderedShore Dive from:Ballygalley
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 9
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2199 and/or 2198
Hull Material:Steel/IronLatitude:54 57 42 North
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude:05 55 00 West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Mostly scattered plates and decking.
  • There is a large boiler, and a mast sitting at 45 degrees which almost reaches the surface.
  • Slack water is a must, and high tide makes for easier entry to water.
  • Access is via the carpark 0.5 miles north of Ballygalley Hotel.
 
Historical Information:
  • A Royal Fleet Auxiliary salvage steamer and former gun-boat, she was built in 1889 by Scott’s of Greenock, and is reputed to have been commanded for a time by the then future King George V.
  • She grossed 805 tons, measured 50.29 x 9.44m. originally with 6 x four inch guns.
  • She was assigned to the Coastguard in 1906 and became a cable ship in 1915. She was operating as a salvage ship at the time of loss.
  • Nine men drowned when she was wrecked during a snowstorm. The rest were rescued by breeches buoy.
  • The bell was recovered as recently as August 1993.
 
Source Publications:
"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
 
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
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Castlereagh SAC (1982)
Royal Navy
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Hydrographic Department (1970)
South Co. Antrim Wreck List "A"

Last update - 25-Sep-2003

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