The Maidens Wreck List
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Name Unknown
Vessel Type:

Large Smuggling Cutter

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:7th November 1781Place:The Maidens
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Ballylumford
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 9
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2198 and/or 2199
Hull Material:Wood & Iron platingLatitude (GPS):54° 57' 03.24" North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (GPS):05° 44' 24.6" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies on the North side of Allen Rock.
  • Badly broken up.
  • Rarely dived. Artifact still to be found.
  • Dive 30 mins. before High or Low Water at Belfast.
  • Launch from Ballylumford Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Loss was reported in the London Chronicle.
  • Was 250 tons burden, and armed with 16 guns.
  • Had a crew of 47, of which 31 were saved.
  • Said to have been laden with contraband from Gothenburg including 1,400 chests of tea, 100 chests of silk and 60 ankers of spirits.
  • Reportedly fought off a H.M. Revenue cutter, commanded by Captain Crawford, in the Bay of Benluce only 8 weeks previously.
Source Publications:
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
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Peter Steel
North Irish Lodge, Islandmagee (1999)

The Maidens Wreck List

Last update - 17-Oct-2000

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