Co. Kerry Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Cargo Liner

Location:Co. Kerry
Date of Loss:15th January 1903Place:Dingle Bay
Cause of Loss:Caught fireBoat Dive from:Dingle or Inch
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 70
Height of Wreck:4mAdmiralty Chart No:2789
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (approx.):52° 05' 26" North
Type of Seabed:Longitude (approx.):10° 03' 15" West
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Image available?Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies in a West-South-West direction near Inch Bar.
  • Relatively intact.
Historical Information:
  • Built in 1900 by Palmers & Co. she grossed 5,657 tons and measured 452.0 x 52.2 x 28.3 ft. and was owned by Manchester Liners.
  • While bound Manchester from New Orleans her cargo of 13,000 bales of cotton ignited as she neared Ireland.
  • Her commander, Captain W.P. Couch, took the vessel into Dingle Bay and anchored a mile off Inch Bar to fight the fire.
  • The remainder of the cargo – 100 barrels of turpentine, soap, pitch pine and bulk maize helped fuel the blaze. As a last resort he scuttled the ship in shallow water (41 ft. at the stern, 36 ft amidships) in a West-South-West direction.
  • Attempts were made to salvage her by Mr. Ensor of Queenstown but she was declared a total loss.

S.S. Manchester Merchant

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Source Publications:
"Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824 - 1962"
Charles Hocking
London Stamp Exchange 1989 - ISBN: 0948130474
"Irish Wrecks Database"
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 Irish Coast 1105 – 1993"
Dr. Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1994 - ISBN: 0952302705

Co. Kerry Wreck List

Last update - 10-Feb-2006

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