Belfast Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Dutch Motor Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:20th January 1942Place:Belfast Lough
Cause of Loss:Collision at seaBoat Dive from:Whitehead or Bangor
Charted Depth:43mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:9mAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54° 42' 42.48" North
Type of Seabed:Sand and siltLongitude (GPS):05° 31' 48.66" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Very Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lies in a West-East direction on her port side.
  • Extensive damage to starboard side forward of the bridge.
  • 34m to highest part, 43m to seabed.
  • Launch from Whitehead up to 2 hours either side of Low Water or Bangor at any time.
  • Dive 30 mins before High Water Belfast as it is subject to strong tides at other times.
Historical Information:
  • Built 1939 by De Haan & Oerlemans Scheeps-Bwf, Heusden, Netherlands, she grossed 395 Tons and measured 53.82 x 8.43 x 2.33m.
  • Powered by an 8 cylinder oil engine generationg 94 h.p.
  • Bound Liverpool for Belfast with general cargo of foodstuffs, batteries, copper piping and anti-aircraft gun parts.
  • Collided with steam tanker "British Engineer".
  • Suffered extensive damage to starboard side and sank very quickly.
  • Two crew were lost.
  • The propellor, ship's bell and steering gear have been recovered.

M.V. Karanan

© by kind permission of Willem Vanvoorst web site


  © by kind permission of Willem Vanvoorst web site

Source Publications:
"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Bryan Lawther
via Email (2012)
Willem Vanvoorst
Peter Steel
North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1998)
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)

Belfast Lough Wreck List

Last update - 16-Jun-2012

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