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

Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:21st October 1918Place:St. John's Point
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Portaferry, Strangford or Ardglass
Charted Depth:30mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 21
Height of Wreck:2mAdmiralty Chart No:2093
Hull Material:SteelLatitude:54 14 50 North
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude:05 31 63 West
Average Visibility:6 - 10mDiving Experience:Very Experienced
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Diving Information:
  • Lies  4 miles off St. John's Point.
  • Extensive damage to superstructure from torpedo attack.
  • Stern blown off and probably further from wreck.
  • Bow section and boiler highest point.
  • Can be dived anytime as there is very little tide.
  • For best viz. dive after the wind has been in the North-West for several days.
  • Warning!! Some parts of the wreck are covered with nets.
 
Historical Information:
  • Owned by J.& A. Gardener Ltd., Glasgow, built 1917 by Scott & Sons, she measured 141.8 x 23.8 x 10.1ft., and grossed 362 tons.
  • Powered by triple-expansion engines, generating 47rhp, speed 8 knots.
  • On 5th April 1918, she survived a torpedo attack when the torpedo missed, but on the 21st October 1918 she didn't escape.
  • She sank 4 miles off St. John’s Point. Eight crew died in the attack.
  • It was UB-94 that finally sunk her, commanded by Lt. Cdr. Haumann.
  • She was the last merchant vessel to be lost in home waters as the War was over three weeks later.
 
Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
by
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Irish Wrecks Database"
by
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
by
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
by
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
by
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
 
Other Sources:
Michael Hamilton
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Castlereagh SAC (1997)
South Co. Down Wreck List "C"

Last update - 18-Jan-2005

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