South & West Co. Donegal Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Heavy Trawler

Location:Co. Donegal
Date of Loss:31st October 1981Place:Burtonport
Cause of Loss:Struck rocksBoat Dive from:Burtonport Harbour
Charted Depth:28mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 1
Height of Wreck:4mAdmiralty Chart No:1883 and/or 2792
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55° 56' 24.72" North
Type of Seabed:Sand and rocksLongitude (GPS):08° 38' 30.48" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced
Diving Information:
  • Lying on starboard side, in one piece, 100m South-East of Bullignamirra Rock.
  • Alternative launch site is Arland Strand.
  • Now well encrusted with life and frequented by fish.
  • Warning!! Dangerous site if North-West swell coming in.
Historical Information:
  • Steel fishing boat, she was built in 1967 by Lodose Varf A/B., Lodose and measured 38.22 x 8.05 x 3.78m and owned by Francis Byrne of Burtonport.
  • She was powered by an 8 cylinder oil engine.
  • Holed herself on Bullignamirra Rock off Arland Strand on Halloween night.
  • Three out of her crew of eight survived.
  • The skipper, Francis Byrne, and his son Jimmy (aged 17) on his first trip, were amongst those lost.

M.F.V. Skifjord

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Source Publications:
"Dive Sites"
Ivor McCaw
NIFSAC "Viz" Magazine (1988)
"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
"Underwater Ireland Guide to Irish Dive Sites"
Irish Underwater Council
CFT 1999 - ISBN: 0948283025
Other Sources:
Bryan Johnson
via Email (2006)
Bill Quinn
via Email (2007)

South & West Co. Donegal Wreck List

Last update - 30-Nov-2007

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