Strangford Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Luxury Motor Yacht

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:11th March 1946Place:Ringhaddy, Strangford Lough
Cause of Loss:FireShore Dive from:Ringhaddy Quay
Charted Depth:23mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:7mAdmiralty Chart No:2156
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 27.06 North
Type of Seabed:Silt & mudLongitude (GPS):05 37.71West
Average Visibility:3 - 6mDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Picture available?Yes - click here
 
Diving Information:
  • Sitting upright, but minus the usual portholes etc.
  • Wreck is covered in sea squirts and "dead man's fingers".
  • On a very good day it has been in excess of 10m to 15m.
  • Best dived in small groups as silt takes a long time to settle.
  • Lies about 80m offshore.
 
Historical Information:
  • For over fifty years this wreck was known as the "Alisdair", until in April 2004 research carried out by Dr. Thorsten Brabetz and the Queen's University SAC proved she was in fact the "Alastor" - a completely different vessel altogether - see full wreck survey report here
  • Built in 1927 by Camper & Nicholson as the "Vita" for Sir Thomas Sopwith (he designed the WW1 Sopwith Camel bi-plane and the WW2 Hawker Hurricane).
  • Sopwith sold the "Vita" in 1929 to Sir John Shelley-Rolls who re-named her the "Alastor" after a poem by his famous relative, Sir Percy Bysshe Shelley, husband of Mary Shelley who wrote "Frankenstein".
  • In 1939 she was commandeered by the Royal Navy as a stores ferry, bringing provisions etc. out to Navy vessels moored at the entrance to Strangford Lough for refueling.
  • Vessel was destroyed by a fire that started in the galley while she was moored up for painting. The six crew escaped.
  • Being moored too far off shore for the fire brigade to reach her, the interior was completely burnt out.
  • She eventually sank between the 11th and 16 March 1946.
  • Wreck is now owned by the Faulkner's of Ringhaddy.
 
Source Publications:
byT. Brabetz, M.B. Callaghan, R. Snijder
Queens University SAC 2005
"Lost Ship's Link to Fighter Planes & Frankenstein"
by
Stephen Dunwoody
Newtownards Chronicle 15th April 2004
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"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 Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian WilsonImpact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
by
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
 
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
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Castlereagh SAC (1977)
Simon McCandless
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Ballyholme Y.C. (Diving Section)
Mark Stronge
Ringhaddy Cruising Club
Thorsten Brabetz
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Queens University SAC (2004)
Strangford Lough Wreck List

Last update - 14-Oct-2005

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