Co. Dublin Wreck List "D"
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Vessel Type:

Norwegian Motor Vessel

Location:Co. Dublin
Date of Loss:4th March 1947Place:Kish Bank
Cause of Loss:Ran aground in snowstormBoat Dive from:Dun Laoghaire
Charted Depth:12mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 50
Height of Wreck:6mAdmiralty Chart No:1415 and/or 1468
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):53° 16' 03.96" North*
Type of Seabed:SandLongitude (GPS):05° 55' 32.81" West*
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies in an East West direction near the No. 2 Buoy and is broken in two - stern to mid-castle section and bow which lies 150 metres to the North.
  • Plenty of fish, congers etc. and lots of artifact laying around.
  • Best dived 1.5 to 2 hours before High/Low Water.
Historical Information:
  • Built by Akers of Oslo in 1940, she grossed 5,230 tons, measured 445 x 57 x 24ft. and was owned by the Fred Olsen Line.
  • Powered by a 14 cylinder oil engine.
  • She was on her maiden voyage which took her to South America and on to Dublin via Liverpool.
  • Struck the Kish Bank during a severe snowstorm and broke in two.
  • Engine room was salvaged and she was partly dispersed with explosives as she was an obstruction in 1948. The bow section is intact.
  • No lives were lost.

M.V. Bolivar

by kind permission of Dr. Edward J. Bourke


Click HERE for INFOMAR* bow Side-Scan image


Click HERE for INFOMAR* stern Side-Scan image

Source Publications:

"Irish Wrecks Database"
Roy Stokes & Liam Dowling
"Shipwreck Index of Ireland"
Richard & Bridget LarnLloyd's Register - Fairplay Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970
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
Other Sources:
*source - Geological Survey of Ireland
Internet (2020)
UK Diving
Internet (1999)

Co. Dublin Wreck List "D"

Last update - 07-Feb-2006

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