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

Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:17th May 1890Place:South Rock
Cause of Loss:ExplosionBoat Dive from:Portaferry or Strangford
Charted Depth:46mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:6mAdmiralty Chart No:2093
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54 26.028 North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude (GPS):05 23.696 West
Average Visibility:8 - 10mDiving Experience:Experienced
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:
  • In one piece.
  • Unusual stern and prop.
  • Broken in the middle. Stern lists to starboard.
  • Dive at slack High Water Belfast.
 
Historical Information:
  • Built by Harold Richardson, Duck & Co at Stockton (Yard No 236).
  • Owned by Henry Briggs, Sons & Co. of Hull, she grossed 1,257 tons.
  • Her cargo was Iron Ore, bound Ayr from Bilbao.
  • She ran aground on Butter Pladdy, but was refloated off on the next tide.
  • When under way again for Ayr, she went down, a tremendous explosion taking place as she foundered.
  • Seven survivors were picked up by a passing steamer, "Telegraph", but ten others died.
 

Source Publications:

"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 Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
 
Other Sources:
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
Vic Foster
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Castlereagh SAC (1996)
South Co. Down Wreck List "C"

Last update - 18-Jan-2005

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