North Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

White Star Liner

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:19th July 1918Place:Innistrahull
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Culdaff
Charted Depth:70mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 3
Height of Wreck:10mAdmiralty Chart No:2811 and/or 2723
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55° 39' 27.60" North
Type of Seabed:Rock & kelpLongitude (GPS):07° 43' 07.20" West
Average Visibility:20 - 30mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Very Experienced Tri-Mix
Diving Information:   
  • Lies 16 miles North-West of Innistrahull.
  • Hugh wreck, but very broken up.
  • Hull lies on its port side and has opened outwards and decks have collapsed downwards.
  • Majestic bow with starboard anchor still in place.
  • She has three huge propellors.
  • Boilers lie in pairs (12 of them).
  • Some portholes are 1m x 0.5m across.
  • Can be dived at most stages of the tide.
  • A dive for the very experienced only.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by the White Star Line, she was built originally by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, as the "Statendam" for the Holland Amerika Line and launched in 1914.
  • She measured 225.68 x 26.31 x 13.13m. and grossed 32,234 tons and was powered by 12 boilers capable of 17 knots..
  • Bound Liverpool for New York she was torpedoed several times by UB-64.
  • Out of a crew of over 600, only 16 were lost.
  • One of the attacking U-Boat's (UB-124) was sunk by "HMS Marne" at 55.43N x 07.51W.

R.M.S. Justicia

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Click HERE for INFOMAR* Side-Scan image

Source Publications:
"Dive" Magazine - article
Rich Stevenson (March 2001)
"Donegal Shipwrecks"
Ian Wilson
Impact Printing 1998 - ISBN: 094815456X
"Scuba" Magazine article
Darren McDonagh (November 2016)
"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
Other Sources:
*Geological Survey of Ireland
 Internet (2020)
Edgar Scott
Email 2001
Leigh Bishop's
Internet (2004)

North Co. Donegal Wreck List

Last update - 08-Nov-2020

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