Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:


Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:2nd October 1981Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Drifted onto rocksShore Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:6mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):55° 15' 42" North
Type of Seabed:RocksLongitude (approx.):06° 15' 24" West
Average Visibility:8 - 12mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • She lies in shallow water and badly broken up at Faraganlack Point.
  • Not subject to tidal current.
  • Visibility is usually very good.
  • Bow section lies on the beach.
Historical Information:
  • Formerly the "Monte Erlo", she was owned by Atlantic Loyola Fishing Co., Devon, grossing 178 tons and measuring 110 x 24 x 13ft..
  • Built in 1964 in Spain, she was powered by an 8 cylinder oil engine.
  • The lighthouse keeper spotted the trawler aground on the East side of the island. The distress message from the "Erlo Hills" gave its position as Sanda Island off the Mull of Kintyre.
  • The coaster "Ceol Mor" towed her off the rocks. The "Erlo Hills" then suffered engine failure and drifted. The Campbletown lifeboat took the crew off before she ran aground on Faraganlack Point.
  • Suspected to be involved in clandestine activity, but nothing was ever found as proof.
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
"The Harsh Winds of Rathlin"
Tommy Cecil
Impact Printing 1990 - ISBN: 0948154659

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 04-Apr-2003

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