Strangford Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:


Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:11th January 1924Place:Tara Point
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Portaferry or Strangford
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2159
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):54° 37' 33" North
Type of Seabed:Longitude (approx.):05° 21' 55" West
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Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:  
  • No details available.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Capt. Arthur Fielding, Southport, and built in 1895 by Martenshoek of Holland, she measured 122.75 x 23.25 x 8ft., and grossed 310 tons.
  • Was used as a "Q-Ship" during W.W.I from 1916 - 18, whose function was to lure submarines close, then fire on them with concealed guns.
  • Known as "Harley", "Helgoland", "Brig 10", and "Q-17" at various stages of the War.
  • After the war she was sold  as a trader and eventual ended her days when she ran onto rocks, after dragging her anchors while sheltering from a storm, on route Wexford for Port Ellen with a cargo of barley for the Islay distillers.
  • Captain and crew had to remain in the rigging all night before being rescued.
  • The vessel was not insured.

S.V. Helgoland

Photographer unknown

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Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Q-Ships and their story"
E.K. Chatterton
Conway Maritime Press 1972 - ISBN: 85177055X
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN:0948154993

Strangford Lough Wreck List

Last update - 18-Jan-2005

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