Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:21st June 1815Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Struck RocksBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:8mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (approx.):55° 17' 45" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and kelpLongitude (approx.):06° 17' 15" West
Average Visibility:5 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Wreck lies at Cloch-a-duths and is scattered.
  • Broken china, part of the cargo, litters the bottom.
  • Dive the last two hours of flood tide.
  • The bottom is covered in dense kelp, though the viz. is usually good.
  • Possible the remains of another wreck lies in the same area.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • The "Cumberland" was a full-rigged ship, built in 1800 at Whitehaven, and owned by a Glasgow company, she grossed 340 tons.
  • Bound Jamaica for her home port of Greenock, with a general cargo, including coffee and rum.
  • Becalmed in a smooth sea and strong tides, she drifted for two days finally striking a submerged rock during a strong flood tide.
  • A Revenue Cruiser, "Wickam", commanded by Captain Fullerton, managed to take off Captain Thompson, the crew of 20, and some nine puncheons of rum, two bags of pimento, and three of coffee, before she sank.
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 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

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 26-Sept-2000

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