The Maidens Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Spanish Tramp Steamer

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:28th September 1929Place:Allen Rock, Maidens
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Ballylumford
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 9
Height of Wreck:5mAdmiralty Chart No:2198 and/or 2199
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54° 56' 59.59" North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (GPS):05° 44' 29.83" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies on the South side of Allen Rock.
  • Sits upright, with the bows pointing towards the rock.
  • Amidships and bow broken up, but the stern is still relatively intact.
  • Propeller and rudder are still in place.
  • Launch any time from Ballylumford Harbour.
  • Dive from Low Water onwards as she is partly sheltered by Allen Rock.
  • Note!! Avoid ebb tide dives.
Historical Information:
  • Spanish Tramp Steamer, built 1890 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co., Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • Grossing 1,806 Tons, she measured 260 x 36.7 x 18.8ft.
  • Powered by a 3 cylinder triple-expansion steam engine generating 184 h.p.
  • She grounded on the South side of Allen Rock, north of the Maidens, while carrying a cargo of copper ore from Euelva to Derry.
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025

Other Sources:

Royal Navy
Hydrographic Department. (1970)
Peter Steel
North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)

The Maidens Wreck List

Last update - 03-Apr-2003

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