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Vessel Type:

4 Masted Square Rigger

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:7th January 1897Place:Copeland Islands
Cause of Loss:Ran agroundBoat Dive from:Bangor or Groomsport
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:3709
Hull Material:IronLatitude (GPS):54° 41' 45" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and gravelLongitude (GPS):05° 31' 39.6" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Remains lie at Old Lighthouse Island
  • Broken plates, old masts, coils of steel rope and parts of the superstructure are virtually all that remain as she was extensively salvaged.
  • Bow points to the East.
  • Launch boats at Groomsport, or Bangor. The slip at Donaghadee is left high and dry at low tide.
  • Best dived during 2 hours before High Water.
Historical Information:
  • Built at Barclay, Curle's Glasgow yard in 1884 as an Iron Square Rigger grossing 1,972 tons and measuring 84.25 x 12.54 x 7.31m.
  • She was owned by J. Rae & Co. of Liverpool.
  • Blown northwards from Dublin Bay in a gale at the end of a 137 day passage from San Francisco.
  • An attempt was made to make for Belfast, but the Iron Square Rigger, with grain in her holds, lurched onto Old Lighthouse Island.
  • All the crew (28) landed safely, but she was a total loss.
  • Was frequently used on the Australia run. Once recorded 370 miles in a day.

S.V. Ulrica

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S.V. Ulrica

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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 1582 - 2000"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Randal Armstrong
Castlereagh SAC (1979)
Peter Steel
North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)
UK Diving
Internet (Stephen Rutherford 1999)

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Last update - 18-Jan-2005

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