North Co. Antrim Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:6th December 1911Place:Ballycastle
Cause of Loss:Storm damagedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:22mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:4m Admiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55° 12' 41.64" North
Type of Seabed:Rock and sandLongitude (GPS):06° 13' 57.18" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:  
  • The ship lies 300 metres due East of the harbour and is on its side, badly broken up.
  • It is suspected that some of the wreck lies elsewhere.
  • Easy launching from Ballycastle slip, but may be subject to breakers in heavy swell conditions.
  • Transit marks must be lined up accurately, & drag anchor in approx. position.
  • Dive first hour of ebb tide.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • The six year old coaster belonged to Henry Lane & Co. of Londonderry.
  • Built by Harland & Wolff in 1893 she measured 145 x 24 x 8ft., and grossed 386 tons.
  • Bound Ellesmere Port for Derry, with a cargo of Orrell coal for her owners Messrs. Lane.
  • The cargo shifted while off Fair Head and she pulled into Murlough Bay after suffering heavy weather damage.
  • During the gale she snapped her cables and an attempt was made to get her to Ballycastle.
  • Just 600 metres east of Ballycastle harbour a swell set her on her beam end and she sank with the loss of two engineers.
  • The following year the barque "Fecamp" sank over the wreck. When the barque was raised the "Templemore" came with it and both were towed into the shallow water that she now lies in.
  • Portholes recovered, bear the makers name - "J. Roby, Rainhill Wharf, Liverpool".
  • The ship’s bell has never been found.

S.S. Templemore

subject to confirmation

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Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1983)
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)

North Co. Antrim Wreck List

Last update - 28-Mar-2003

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