Co. Cork Wreck List "F"
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Vessel Type:

Cargo Steamer

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:12th March 1899Place:Mizen Head
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Crookhaven
Charted Depth:20mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 88
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2184
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):51° 27' 00" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & kelpLongitude (approx.):09° 49' 20" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Her remains lie wedged in the North side of a towering stack 500m North of Mizen Head.
  • Sometimes called "the Copper Boat" due to its copper cargo, and some ingots still lie around.
  • Little overall structure left but plenty to rummage in.
  • Sometimes mistakenly called the "Irada".
  • Note! A permit is required to dive this wreck.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Sivewright Bacon & Co. and built in 1888 by Furness Withy at Hartlepool she measured 300ft., grossed 2,419 tons and was powered by a 2 cylinder compound steam engine.
  • Registered at West Hartlepool.
  • Bound Newport News for Norfolk Va. With cotton, deal, copper ingots, iron plates, bars and indian corn.
  • While in fog she ran aground south of a small pinnacle in a bay on the North side of Mizen Head.
  • Commanded by Captain Wilson.
  • The Captain and her crew of 24 all got off safely.

S.S. Oswestry

by kind permission of Dr. Edward J. Bourke

Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"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 (2003)
Internet Site (2000)

Co. Cork Wreck List "F"

Last update - 05-Dec-2005

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