Rathlin Island WreckList
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Vessel Type:

Armed Passenger Liner

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:27th January 1918Place:Between Rathlin & Mull of Kintyre
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:123mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:13m Admiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:Steel Latitude (GPS):55° 25' 40.8" North
Type of Seabed:Sand over clayLongitude (GPS):06° 17' 37.2" West
Average Visibility:1 - 2mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Specialist Diving
Diving Information:
  • Lies 2 miles North-North-East of Altacarry Lighthouse.
  • Wreck lies accross the tide.
  • Bow is damaged.
  • A Tri-Mix dive for the very very experienced.
  • Tide is extremely strong and viz is usually almost zero.
Historical Information:
  • Built by Scotts of Greenock in 1913, she was owned by the Cunard Line and grossed 13,405 tons and measured 520 x 64 x 43ft.
  • Armed with a 1 x 4 inch stern gun.
  • Torpedoed by U-46 while 2 miles NNE Altacarry Lighthouse.
  • Seven crew died.
  • Rest of crew were rescued by nearby vessels.
  • Attempts to take her in tow were quickly abandoned as she sank rapidly.
S.S. Andania

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S.S. Andania

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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
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"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:
Norman Woods
Internet site (2001)
Internet site (2021)

Rathlin Island WreckList

Last update - 16-Feb-2021

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