South & West Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:2007 Place:Rathlin O'Byrne
Cause of Loss:Sank under towBoat Dive from:Killybegs or Teelin
Charted Depth:55mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 10
Height of Wreck:5mAdmiralty Chart No:1879 and/or 2852
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (GPS):54° 39' 01.32" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & BouldersLongitude (GPS):08° 48' 47.04" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Very Experienced
Diving Information:  
  • Position is approx. 1.5 miles south-east of Rathlin O'Byrne.
  • Lies on her port side.
Historical Information:
  • Measuring 86 x 24.5 13 feet, the "Girl Maureen" was a wooden trawler powered by a 900hp ABC engine and was built by the BIM yard in Killybegs.
  • Launched in February 1979 as SO658 she was one of 4 sisters built by the BIM yards in Ireland in the late 70's.
  • Sister ship "Emer Marie" was slightly larger than the other sisters being a plank wider either side and was built in Baltimore while the "Ocean Venture" (ex Gary Og, Sarah David) is the only sister left fishing in Ireland, and the "Dermotte Anne" having been sold to Croatia.
  • The "Girl Maureen" was later sold to Balfour Bain, Kirkwall, Orkney, UK, where she then became K100, registered in Kirkwall, Orkney.
  • She was there in the 1980's to early 90's, working as a whitefish trawler. She then went back to Ireland registered as N861 and then back to Killybegs where she was registered as D667.
  • Last owner was a man called Eamon Diver from Donegal.
  • Her fishing licence was sold and I understand she sank under tow while on her way to be broken up in 2007.

M.F.V. Girl Maureen

  © by kind permission of Derek Byrne

M.F.V. Girl Maureen

  © by kind permission of Derek Byrne

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