North Co. Down Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Coaster

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:11th December 1937Place:Ballymacormick, Belfast Lough
Cause of Loss:SwampedBoat Dive from:Groomsport
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:3m & scatteredAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):54° 41' 02.1" North
Type of Seabed:MudLongitude (GPS):05° 37' 50.34" West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:  
  • Wreck scattered over a wide area.
  • Congers and lobsters in quantity.
  • Dive 1 hour before High Water Belfast.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by J. Kelly Ltd., Belfast and built by J. Lewis & Sons, 1923, she grossed 586 tons and measured 165.2 x 27 x 11.2ft.
  • She was powered by triple-expansion engines generating 83rhp. and a speed of 10 knots.
  • Bound Belfast for Llanelli with 619 tons of scrap metal and 16 tons of lead, she developed a list to starboard when off Grey Point.
  • The captain, James McCalmont, decided to turn back.
  • By the time she was off Briggs Buoy, her cargo shifted again, and combined with her being broadside on to the wind, the starboard deck was awash.
  • As the captain made a run for the shore, she edged closer and closer to Ballymacormick Point. Her siren was sounded and rockets fired.
  • The Groomsport life-saving team dragged one man from the water - a non-swimmer, William Hunter, the only survivor.
  • The wreck was dispersed by explosives after salvage attempts failed.

S.S. Annagher

by kind permission of Ian Wilson (author of "Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast")


S.S. Annaghmore

"S.S. Annaghmore", sister ship to the "S.S. Annager"

© by kind permission of Tony Richardson - Old Ship Photographs web site


S.S. Annagher

© by kind permission of Michael Montgomery, Castlereagh SAC

Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"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 932 - 1997"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
"Shipwrecks of the Ulster Coast"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993
Other Sources:
Michael Hamilton
Castlereagh SAC (1997)
Royal Navy
Hydrographic Department (1970)
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)

North Co. Down Wreck List

Last update - 05-Jun-2006

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