Co. Cork Wreck List "F"
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Vessel Type:

French frigate

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:30th December 1796Place:Mizen Head
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Crookhaven
Charted Depth:15 - 25mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 88
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2184
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (approx.):51° 28' 15" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & kelpLongitude (approx.):09° 42' 00" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lies in gulleys to the South side of the mainland-to-lighthouse bridge.
  • 10 large and 1 small cannon and three 9 ft. anchors and some 15 inch mortar shot and ballast lie about.
  • Flat calm conditions required.
  • Note!! - Permission is required to dive this wreck.
Historical Information:
  • Built at Lorient in 1794-5.
  • A frigate bombardiere she was armed with 24 carriage mounted cannon and a mortar.
  • Part of the French fleet that accompanied Wolf Tone from Brest to Bantry.
  • Struck rocks while weathering a storm.
  • Commanded by Captain de Vaisseau Deniau, she had a crew of 560.
  • Only 7 survived out of 250 soldiers and 300 seamen.
Source Publications:
"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
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Internet site (2000)

Co. Cork Wreck List "F"

Last update - 05-Dec-2005

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