Strangford Lough Wreck List
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(The Pins)

Vessel Type:

Swedish Barque

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:1700 approx.Place:Strangford Lough
Cause of Loss:unknownShore Dive from:Ballyhenry Bay
Charted Depth:12mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:2mAdmiralty Chart No:2156
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (GPS):54 23.35 North
Type of Seabed:Sand and siltLongitude (GPS):05 33.50 West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mDiving Experience:Novice
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Diving Information:
  • Sitting upright on a sloping bottom, the hull (most of it) still quite discernible.
  • The lower part of the hull is sheathed in brass, and the planking is held together with two foot brass pins, half an inch thick - hence its nickname, "The Pins".
  • Bottom shelves towards the main stream of the narrows.
  • Warning!! Watch out for the current if straying further from the wreck.
Historical Information:
  • Real name is thought to be the "Zarina", from the Baltic.
  • Cause of loss and other details are lost in the mists of time.
  • Confusion over the name of this wreck - some sources say it is the large 2 master schooner "Nimble" referred to elsewhere in this site.
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1979)

Strangford Lough Wreck List

Last update - 31-Jan-2003

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