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

Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:24th December 1917Place:South Rock
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Portaferry or Strangford
Charted Depth:53mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:5mAdmiralty Chart No:2093
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 25.293 North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude (GPS):05 20.837 West
Average Visibility:5 - 8mDiving Experience:Very Experienced
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies 1 mile East of South Rock.
  • Slowly collapsing.
  • Stern intact. Bow smashed/missing due to explosion.
  • Broken amidships. Bridge almost intact.
  • Thought to have had a self-defence gun on the bow but this has never been found.
  • Ideally a hard boat dive with wreck finding equipment.
  • Dive 1 hour before High Water Belfast.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Scarisbrick Steamship Co., she was built 1911 by W. Gray & Co.
  • Powered by triple-expansion engines, generating 330nhp, giving a top speed of 10 knots.
  • She measured 340 x 48.5 x 22.6ft., and grossed 3,238 tons.
  • Had previously survived a surface attack by a U-boat in the Arctic Sea on 1st November 1916, beating it off with her own defense gun.
  • Twenty-one crew members, including the captain, died when she was finally sunk by torpedo from U-87 on Christmas Eve, 1917, one mile east of the South Rock Lightship.
  • Lightship Keepers say she sank in less than five minutes, the torpedoe taking off most of her bow.
 
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
by
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105 - 1993"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
 
Other Sources:
Michael Montgomery
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Castlereagh SAC (2006)
Norman Woods
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Portstewart SAC (2000)
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
South Co. Down Wreck List "C"

Last update - 10-Jul-2006

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