South Co. Down Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:26th July 1893Place:Ballyhalbert
Cause of Loss:CollisionBoat Dive from:Ballyhalbert
Charted Depth:49mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:7m Admiralty Chart No:2156
Hull Material:Iron & steelLatitude (GPS):54° 26' 47.4" North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude (GPS):05° 22' 31.8" West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Still in one piece and sitting upright and flat.
  • Rudder and prop are still there and fully visible with the bow ‘dug in’ a little into the sea bed.
  • The wreck is covered in dead mans fingers.
  • The deck is partly eroded away with the steel beam supporting structure visible.
  • The fore ‘cabin’ is has gone but the remains of the steel structure of the aft cabin is still there.
  • The forward hold is full of mud, sloping to the starboard side, probably coal underneath.
  • Deep dive for the experienced. 42m to the deck - 49 to seabed.
  • Dive slack High Water Belfast.

Historical Information:

  • 515-tons (Official No.97567), she was built and completed by Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley as Yard No.183 in June 1893 for A. Finnie & Son, Ardrossan.
  • Her dimensions of 175ft x 26ft.8in and she was powered by a single quadruple steam engine.
  • She was sunk in collision with the "S.S. Pearl" of Glasgow on 26 July 1893, off South Lightship, while on a voyage from Ardrossan to Dublin with coal.
  • She was only 1 month old!
  • Ships bell was recovered in 1990.

© Michael Montgomery, Castlereagh SAC



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Other Sources:
Michael Montgomery
Castlereagh SAC (2006)
Michael Hamilton
Castlereagh SAC (1997)
Cecil Scott
North Down SAC (1994)

South Co. Down Wreck List "A"

Last update - 27-Jun-2006

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