Belfast Lough Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

Cargo Steamer

Location:Co. Down
Date of Loss:20th July 1940Place:Bangor
Cause of Loss:MinedBoat Dive from:Bangor
Charted Depth:15mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 15
Height of Wreck:ScatteredAdmiralty Chart No:1753
Hull Material:Steel/IronLatitude (GPS):54° 41' 51.6" North
Type of Seabed:SandyLongitude (GPS):05° 40' 23.16" West
Average Visibility:3 - 8mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available? Yes - see belowDiving Experience:Experienced Novice
Diving Information:
  • Lies directly off Bangor Pier Light with bow lying in a South-West direction.
  • Was dispersed as a hazard and is now mainly scattered plates.
  • Viz usually only a few feet. A good spot for lobsters.
  • Launch from the new slip at Bangor.
  • Can be dived at almost any state of the tide, but best 1 hour before High Water Belfast.
Historical Information:
  • Owned by the Pool Shipping Co., built 1927 by W. Gray & Co.. Order No. 139243, 4,886 Gross, 2,995 Net, 8,695 tons Dead weight.
  • She measured 390.0 x 55.0 x 26.4 feet, powered by triple-expansion three cylinder steam engine, by Central Marine Works, West Hartlepool, generating 439nhp giving a speed of 11 knots.
  • On a voyage from Rosario to Glasgow with a cargo of 7,908 tons of grain.
  • After leaving her mooring in Belfast Lough, she struck a mine and sank off Bangor Pier Light, with the loss of 11 lives.
  • She was blown up because she was a hazard to other shipping.

S.S. Trourpool

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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
"Ropner Shipping Co. 1874 - 1974"
Leonard Gray
World Ship Society
"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
"Travels of the Tramps Vol. 3"
Norman L. Middlemis
Shield Publications 1992 - ISBN: 1871128080
Other Sources:
Gordon Leathem B.E.M.
From his private notebook (2008)
Royal Navy
Hydrographic Department (1970)
UK Diving
Internet (Tom Wylie 1999)
Vic Foster
Castlereagh SAC (1996)

Belfast Lough Wreck List

Last update - 08-Apr-2008

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