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


Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:3rd November 1916Place:Carlingford Lough
Cause of Loss:In collisionBoat Dive from:Kilkeel
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series Nos. 29 & 36
Height of Wreck:2Admiralty Chart No:44
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):54° 01' 50" North
Type of Seabed:Longitude (approx.):06° 03' 00" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:   
  • Lies 700 yds. offshore and 50yds. from the "Connemara".
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1899 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Troon she grossed 459 tons and measured 51.20 x 7.79 x 3.04m.
  • She was owned by Clanrye S.S. Co.
  • Carrying a cargo of coal, she collided with the "Connemara" and both ships sank with the loss of 97 lives.
  • A commemorative stained glass window is in Dundalk Cathederal.
  • The ghost of the paddlesteamer "P.S. Blaney" was reportedly seen before the accident.

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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
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993

South Co. Down Wreck List "A"

Last update - 16-Nov-2005

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