Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:


Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:10th August 1856Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:Blown ashoreBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:10mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (approx.):55° 16' 48" North
Type of Seabed:Sand and kelpLongitude (approx.):06° 11' 35" West
Average Visibility:6 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Several vessels came to grief in the same spot - Arkill Bay.
  • Exact location not known as none of them have been identified.
  • Subject to a 3 knot tidal current.
  • Dive first three hours of ebb tide for slacker water.
  • Most wreckage lies in 5 to 10m.
  • There is a fee to use the slip at Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Stewart & Co. she was built in 1840 at Greenock and grossed 215 tons.
  • Bound Greenock for Newfoundland with a cargo of sugar, she strayed off course because of a compass malfunction in a force 10 gale.
  • Dropped anchor in Arkill Bay, a safe anchorage in West winds. However, the gale was blowing from the East.
  • Her anchor cables snapped and she was driven ashore.
  • Local islanders rescued the 13 crew and part of the cargo.
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

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 04-Mar-2003

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