Co. Cork Wreck List "G"
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Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:20th April 1916Place:Cork Harbour approaches
Cause of Loss:Scuttled Boat Dive from:Crosshaven
Charted Depth:32 - 36mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 81 & 87
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2092 and/or 2424
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS): 51° 42.670' North
Type of Seabed:Rocks Longitude (GPS):08° 14.388' West
Average Visibility:10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced

Diving Information:

  • Lies two miles east of Daunt Rock Light Vessel.
  • Well dispersed over a wide area. Loads of ammunition lying around.
  • Boiler and anchor are visible.
  • Warning!! Do not touch the ammunition as it in an unstable state.

Historical Information:

  • Built as the "S.S. Castro", a cargo transport vessel, 1062 tons, measuring 220 x 32 x 12 ft for the Wilson Line of Hull
  • She was powered by a triple-expansion engine and two boilers generating 106h.p.
  • Captured by the German Navy in August 1914 she was renamed the "S.M.S Libau".
  • In 1916 she masqueraded as the Norwegian steamer "S.S. Aud" loaded with 20,000 rifles, a number of machine guns, and amunition bound for Ireland to support the Easter Rising and Roger Casement.
  • Due to a number of factors the transfer of arms did not take place. The "Aud" was trapped by a blockade of British ships and was under escort towards Cork Harbour when the the German captain and crew scuttled the ship.
  • Captain Spindler and crew were interned until the end of WW1.
  • During WW2 the wreck was thought to be a U-Boat and was heavily depth charged.
  • Wreck was re-located in 1971.

S.S. Aud

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Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Lusitania - Unravelling the Mysteries"
Patrick O'Sullivan
Collins Press 1998 - ISBN: 1898256519
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Raising the Aud Anchors"
Timmy Carey
CFT's "SubSea" Magazine Autumn 2012
Other Sources:
Internet (2006)

Co. Cork Wreck List "G"

Last update - 13-Sep-2013

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