Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:5th July 1884Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:10 - 20mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:IronLatitude (approx.):55° 16' 25" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and kelpLongitude (approx.):06° 14' 38" West
Average Visibility:6 - 10mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Main wreck is to the North of the Bull Rock.
  • Some cargo lies slightly to the South of the wreck.
  • Broken bottles are scattered all over the site.
  • Dive on ebb tide slack. Wreck is sometimes buoyed.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Built by the London & Glasgow Shipbuilding Co., 1869, she was owned by David Hunter, Ayr.
  • She measured 182.75 x 30.25 x 18.5ft., and 718 tons gross.
  • Bound Glasgow for Melbourne, with a general cargo and 500 cases of Scotch and Irish whiskey.
  • Ran aground on the reef at Clochan Bo, in fair weather.
  • All of the crew were rescued.
  • Remained there for a week before slipping off the reef and sinking, despite attempts to pull her off by the tugs "Lord Elgan" and "Eagle".
  • Main source of details from Tommy Cecil's book.
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
Other Sources:
Cecil Scott
North Down SAC (1990)

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 12-Mar-2003

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