Belfast Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Merchant Ship

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:26th February 1918Place:Blackhead, Belfast Lough
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Whitehead or Groomsport
Charted Depth:63mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:13mAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 46.476 North
Type of Seabed:Mud/gravelLongitude (GPS):05 38.653 West
Average Visibility:8 - 10mDiving Experience:Very Experienced
Picture available?Yes - Image - click here
 
Diving Information:  
  • Identification confirmed by builder's plate.
  • Sitting upright in a South-North direction.
  • 50m to the collapsed bridge, 39m to the top of the forward mast.
  • Some rigging still there.
  • Lots of artifact lying about.
  • Boats can be easily launched at the Whitehead slip during the High Water period (2 hours either side of High Water). The slip is left almost exposed at Low Water.
  • Alternatively use Groomsport slipway at the other side of the Lough.
  • Dive 1 hour to 45 mins. before High Water Belfast.
  • Clear water, usually, but sometimes very, very dark.
  • Warning!! There are monofilament nets snagged near the bridge.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1913 by Northumberland Ship Building Co. she was originally named "Frimley", she was purchased by the Anchor Line in 1916, and re-named.
  • She was powered by triple-expansion engines, giving her a speed of 10 knots and   measured 404.9 x 53.1ft wide and grossed 4,880 tons.
  • She also had electric lighting.
  • She was torpedoed 1.5 miles East of Black Head, probably by U-19, which claimed to have sunk a 3,000-ton steamer off Belfast that day.
 
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: 0952302712
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Anchor Line"
by
R.S. McLellan
Anchor Line Ltd. 1956
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 
Other Sources:
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
UK Diving
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Internet (Tom Wylie 1999)
Gordon Leathem B.E.M.
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From his private notebook (2008)
Belfast Lough Wreck List

Last update - 08-Apr-2008

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