Co. Wicklow Wreck List "A"
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Wicklow
Date of Loss:21st January 1958Place:Arklow Bank
Cause of Loss:Struck sandbank Boat Dive from:Arklow Quay
Charted Depth:42mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 62
Height of Wreck:7mAdmiralty Chart No:1787 and/or 1468
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):52° 43' 48" North*
Type of Seabed:Sand Longitude (approx.):05° 57' 00" West*
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lies outside the bank south-east of Arklow close to the Arklow No. 4 buoy.
  • Sitting upright she is almost intact.
  • Her screws have been salvaged.
  • Some artifacts lying around, but must be reported to Receiver of Wrecks if recovered.
  • Subject to strong currents and swirling sand outside slack water.
  • Consult local knowledge.
Historical Information:
  • Built at Troon in 1893 and registered at Cardiff at the time of loss, she grossed 446 tons and measured 120ft. She had wooden masts/Derricks .
  • Had a cargo of steel plates bound Port Talbot for Londonderry.
  • Managed to sail off the bank on the 22nd. but filled with water and sank.
  • The crew were rescued by the Arklow Lifeboat.
  • Most of the steel plates were salvaged.
  • She had an Estonian Captain and an Estonian/Latvian crew.
  • There is reportedly a WW1 German U-Boat lying close by.

S.S. Anna Toop

by kind permission of clydeships web site

Click HERE for INFOMAR* Side-Scan image
Source Publications:
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget Larn
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1105- 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"The Arklow Sub" article
Roy Stokes
SubSea Magazine (Winter 2001)
Other Sources:
*source - Geological Survey of Ireland
Internet (2020)
Michael Montgomery
Castlereagh SAC (2006)
Richard Beith (ex-crew member)
via E-mail (2003)

Co. Wicklow Wreck List "A"

Last update - 08-Nov-2020

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