Co. Cork Wreck List "G"
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Vessel Type:

Armed Liner

Location:Co. Cork
Date of Loss:11th March 1917Place:Rams Head
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ardmore
Charted Depth:30m to 40mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 82
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2049
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):51° 52' 05.16" North
Type of Seabed:Sand Longitude (GPS):07° 41' 02.04" West
Average Visibility:20mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lies 4 miles East-South-East of Rams Head.
  • Well scattered with some fair sized chunks remaining.
  • Stern with gun lies to the East with largely intact bow to West.
  • Masts lie alongside and the boilers are the highest point of the wreck.
  • Large quantity of used artillery shells lying around and brass bars in the hold.
  • Needs fair weather.
  • A 1 - 1.5 knot current runs at mid tide.
  • Dive at Slack Water.

Historical Information:

  • A four masted, twin funnel liner, originally names "Principe Di Piemonte", she was built in 1907 by Sir J. Laing & Sons Ltd., Sunderland for the Lloyd Sabauda shipping line.
  • She measured 131.06 x 16.02 x 7.62 metres and grossed 6,705 tons.
  • Powered by a 6 cylinder triple-expansion steam engine which generated 807 hp.
  • At the time of loss she was owned by Cunard S.S. C. Ltd. and had been renamed "Folia".
  • She was armed with a 12 pounder 12 cwt stern gun.
  • While bound New York for Avonmouth with a 4,400 ton cargo of trench digging machinery, shell cases and general cargo, she was torpedoed by U-53, commanded by Hans Rose, which then surfaced and finally sank her with their deck gun.
  • Salvaging attempts were made as recently as 1977. One of two bronse propellers is at Dungarvan.
  • Captain was F. Inch.
  • 7 crew were lost out of 85.
  • Richard Larn's book give position as 4 miles South-East of Rams Head.

S.S. Folia

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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
"History of the SS Folia"
Martin Baillie-Johnston
SubSea Magazine Autumn 2014 ISSN: 0791-475X
"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 Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705
"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 1582 - 2000"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2000 - ISBN: 0952302721
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
*Geological Survey of Ireland
Internet Site (2020)
Internet site (2006)
Internet site (2000)

Co. Cork Wreck List "G"

Last update - 08-Nov-2020

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