Target Towing Vessel
Series No. 21|
off Kilclief, Strangford Lough Narrows
- Wreck broken up during winter storms
- Slack water
is essential, and should be dived during slack low.
should be well anchored as tidal run can be very strong.
slack water does not seem to occur in this area. The tide just swings round on
- The propellers
were removed in September 1985.
boat dive for novices, as it is shallow with good visibility.
a Royal Navy target towing vessel, and Mine Sweeper during WW2, she had been converted
for private use. 70ft x 20 gross tons.
on charter to the Isle of Man, with motorbikes and riders due to take part in
the TT Races, she struck St. Patrick's Rock and lost her rudder.
in the strong currents, she then struck Angus Rock and began to sink rapidly.
Luckily everyone managed to take to the liferafts and were rescued by the Portaferry
Lifeboat shortly afterwards.
the next few days all the bikes were recovered.
notable passenger on board was motorcyclist, Joey Dunlop.
of the Ulster Coast"
|by||Ian Wilson |
|Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN:
update - 18-Jun-2007