Strangford Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Ore Carrier

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:9th May 1939Place:Butter Pladdy, South Rock
Cause of Loss:Struck RocksBoat Dive from:Portaferry
Charted Depth:No longer breaks surfaceIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:10mAdmiralty Chart No:2093 and/or 2156
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54° 22' 27.59" North
Type of Seabed:Sand and rocksLongitude (GPS):05° 26' 29.82" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Broken into sections and scattered plates.
  • Inhabited by quite a few Wrasse.
  • As the wreck is now not visible at Low Water, electronic equipment must be used to locate her.
Historical Information:
  • Built 1920 at Sunderland by J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd., she grossed 6,646 tons, and was owned by Cia. Nav. Sota y Aznar, Bilao.
  • She measured 125.70 x 16.89 x 10.46m. and was powerted by a 3 cylinder triple-expansion engine generating 593 h.p.
  • Bound Bougie, Algeria, for Glasgow, she struck rocks while shrouded in dense fog.
  • A salvage crew which had replaced the ships crew of thirty-five, had to be taken off on the 18th June 1920 by the Cloughy Lifeboat, when she started to break up in mountainous seas.
  • Wreck later part salvaged by Karl Bialowas.
  • Largest loss on the Ards coast to date.

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Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
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:
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)

Strangford Lough Wreck List

Last update - 23-Sep-2013

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