Co. Dublin Wreck List "D"
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Vessel Type:

Full rigged Clipper

Location:Co. Dublin
Date of Loss:21st January 1854Place:Lambay island
Cause of Loss:Driven ashoreBoat Dive from:Howth
Charted Depth:15 - 18mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 50
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:1468 and/or 44
Hull Material:IronLatitude (approx.):53° 28' 54" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks and sandLongitude (approx.):06° 01' 12" West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Novice
Diving Information:
  • In one piece, apart from being flattened and dismasted.
  • The wreck lies 30m off the South-East corner of Lambay Island in a small indentation.
  • It is possible to get into the galley.
  • Cups and plates can be seen - mostly broken.
  • Hold contains roof slates.
  • Ships wheel has been recovered. The bell now resides in Collins Barracks, Dublin.
  • Dive at any state of the tide.
  • Note!! Permission to dive must be obtained from the Office of Public Works, National Monuments, 51 St. Stephen's Grenn Dublin.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by the White Star Line, she was built in 1853 by the Bank-Quay Foundry Co. and cost 34,000.
  • Measuring 250 x 40 x 21ft., she grossed 1,977 tons and was the largest sailing ship of her time.
  • She had three decks and three masts.
  • Bound Liverpool for Melbourne on her maiden voyage with 652 people on board, many of whom were heading for the goldfields, and, 4,000 tons of general cargo..
  • During a gale, and with visibility down to a few yards, she dropped 2 anchors when in lee of the shore. These promptly snapped and she then drifted onto the rocks.
  • So close to the rocks was she, that people were able to jump ashore.
  • However, she was washed out to deeper water and sank, taking with her 380 persons.
  • She was the largest sailing ship ever built in Britain up to that time
  • Commander was Captain Noble, Chief Officer was William Murphy.

S.V. Tayleur

by kind permission of Dr. Edward J. Bourke

Source Publications:
Bound for Australia (The loss of the Tayleur)
Edward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 2003 - ISBN: 095230273X
"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 Great Britain & Ireland"
Richard Larn
David & Charles
"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
"Tayleur - The First Titanic"
H.F. Starkey
Avid Publications 1999 - ISBN: 1902964004
"White Star"
R. Anderson
"Wreck & Rescue on East Coast of Ireland"
John De Courcy Ireland
Glendale Press 1983 - ISBN: 0907606091
Other Sources:
Internet site (2000)

Co. Dublin Wreck List "D"

Last update - 24-May-2006

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