Rathlin Island Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Steam Collier

Location:Co. Antrim
Date of Loss:5th January 1918Place:Rathlin Island
Cause of Loss:TorpedoedBoat Dive from:Ballycastle
Charted Depth:8mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 5
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):55° 17' 38" North
Type of Seabed:Boulders and kelpLongitude (approx.):06° 17' 05" West
Average Visibility:5 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
No image available.Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies at the same site as the "Bouncer" at Tolovey.
  • Wreckage of both vessels scattered about.
  • The largest object is a boiler.
  • Little or no current in the area.
  • Some wreckage gets washed into the caves opposite.
  • There is a fee to launch at the slip in Ballycastle Harbour.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by Rea Shipping Co. Ltd., she measured 330.7 x 45.2 x 22.4ft., and grossed 2,889 tons.
  • Carrying a cargo of coal, tinned food, flour and some small arms, she was torpedoed by U-91 5 miles North-West of Bull Point.
  • Captain J.B. Gordon and his crew abandoned ship and rowed ashore at the Giant's Causeway.
  • Although thought to have sunk immediately, she drifted ashore south of Bull Point.
  • The cargo was mostly salvaged by the islanders.
  • Ian Wilson's book refers to her as "Knightsgareth".
  • In 1921 the salvaged ship "Bouncer" sank while trying to salvage her.
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:
Internet site (2021)

Rathlin Island Wreck List

Last update - 16-Feb-2021

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