By boat from Ballylumford or Portmuck. The site lies approximately half way between Skernaghans Point and Portmuck Harbour.
Portmuck Harbour provides free car parking, a slipway and public toilets. The pier is 25 metres long, 6.5 metres wide and in good condition.
Free parking, a slipway, public toilets and outdoor changing facilities are available at Ballylumford Harbour as well (access to slipway restricted to Islandmagee Boat Club members; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
Broken up wreck with sharp edges.
The wreck is badly broken up and part of it lies on the shore. The seabed to the east is flat, muddy and sandy with patches of coarse gravel and occasional boulders.
Date of loss 26/02/1892. This iron steam ship belonged to the Ayr Steam Shipping Company and was built in 1867. It was travelling from Ayr to Belfast with general cargo and passengers when it ran aground. The wreck now lies in water 3-5 metres deep. Information derived from Diving.ie and Larn & Larn (2002)
This shore above this site was surveyed as part of the Northern Ireland Littoral Survey in 1987, but no sub-littoral survey of the site has been carried out.
View all species records from this siteA link to the dive site location on the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland website, showing all species records from within a 1km boundary of the site centroid. Any new species records from the site submitted to Seasearch, iRecord, CEDaR Online Recording or iNaturalist will appear here
County Antrim Wrecks (diving.ie)
- In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
- Follow VHF radio Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), the international distress frequency. Send a distress alert followed by ‘MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY’ and ‘This is [boat name]’.
- Find nearest defibrillator (AED) here.
- Portmuck/Ballylumford Harbour: 028 9336 6666
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