South Co. Antrim Wreck List
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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 (approx.):54° 58' 15" North
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude (approx.):05° 56' 30" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
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.

S.S. Thrush

by kind permission of Ian Wilson (author of "Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast")


S.S. Thrush

by kind permission of clydebships web site


S.S. Thrush

via Michael Montgomery (Castlereagh SAC)


S.S. Thrush

via David Mounsey

Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1982)
Royal Navy
Hydrographic Department (1970)

South Co. Antrim Wreck List

Last update - 25-Sep-2003

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