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

Ferry Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:3rd November 1916Place:Carlingford Lough
Cause of Loss:In collisionBoat Dive from:Kilkeel
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series Nos. 29 & 36
Height of Wreck:2mAdmiralty Chart No:44
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):54° 01' 50" North
Type of Seabed:Longitude (approx.):06° 03' 00" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:   
  • Lies about 700yds. off shore with the hull splayed outwards.
  • Lots of life around.
  • Close to main shipping channel.
  • Strong currents so dive at Slack Water.
Historical Information:
  • Built by Denny Bros., Dumbarton in 1897, she grossed 1,197 tons and measured 83.03 x 10.69 x 4.31m.
  • She was owned by London & North Western Railway Co..
  • Bound Greenore for Holyhead on her regular run, she collided with the "S.S. Retriever".
  • Both ships sank with the loss of 97 lives.
  • A commemorated stained glass window id in Dundalk Cathedral.
  • The ghost of the paddlesteamer "P.S. Blaney" was reportedly seen before the accident.

S.S. Connemara

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S.S. Connemara postcard

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S.S. Connemara

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Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"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 Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Other Sources:
Armagh SAC
Internet site (2001)

South Co. Down Wreck List "A"

Last update - 16-Nov-2005

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