Bay, Rathlin Island|
wreck of H.M.S. Drake||Boat
Series No. 5|
17' 13.44" North|
12' 33.66" West|
Lat. & Long.
- see below
- She lies close to "HMS Drake", on
the harbour side and is well broken up.
to know, at times, which wreck you are actually on.
name can still be seen on the bow.
large trawl bobbins are often mistaken for mines.
be dived at any state of the tide, but make sure the anchor is secure as the wind
can blow the boat off station.
is a fee to pay for using the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
- A Fleetwood Trawler, built in 1953 by Cook, Welton
& Gemmell Ltd., Hull, she grossed 595 tons, measured 51.84 x 8.94 x 2.59m.,
and was owned by Hewett Fishing Co.
of the largest trawlers operating from Fleetwood and was skippered by William
- Bound for the Icelandic fishing
grounds, the vessel was on a social visit to the island (ie. the pub).
fouled the wreck of "HMS Drake", then still in one piece, on
the 2nd Nov. 1962 and sank the next day. The crew were all safely taken off by
the Portrush lifeboat.
- The salvage ship
"Dispenser" arrived the next day, but decided it was financially
unviable to raise the wreck.
- A large
scale attempt was made in 1978 to free and disperse the remaining bunker fuel
oil which was creating a pollution problem in Church Bay.
of sinking dated 5th November in Tommy Cecil's book.
by kind permission of fleetwood-trawlers
Horsley & A. Hirst|
Press 1991 - ISBN: 1872167276|
Stokes & Liam Dowling|
Index of Ireland"
& Bridget Larn|
|Lloyd's Register - Fairplay
Ltd 2002 - ISBN: 1900839970|
of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
Edward J. Bourke |
J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN:
of the Ulster Coast"
Printing 1997 - ISBN: 0948154993|
Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
|Tommy Cecil |
|Impact Printing 1990
- ISBN: 0948154659|
update - 25-Oct-2005