By boat from Bangor or Groomsport. The wreck lies off the northern tip of Ballymaccormick Point.
For a shore dive, follow the footpath leading from The Point in Groomsport towards Ballymacormick Point for approx. 0.5km.
Groomsport has two slipway launching points. There are public toilets on Harbour road. Car parking is available adjacent to the harbour.
Free car parking is available above Bangor Marina and public toilets are available at South Pier. The slipway to the north of the car park is primarily a means of launching Bangor’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat and use is restricted to season ticket holders and Bangor Marina/harbour users. For more information, visit: http://www.quaymarinas.com/cookie-preferences-page/
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
- Lobster pots are set in close proximity to the wreck.
- Belfast Lough has busy shipping lanes and recreational boating out of Bangor and Groomsport Harbours.
The top of the wreck is at 12 metres, with the base on the seabed at 15 metres. Parts of the wreck are scattered across the surrounding sand and shell seabed, which features many worm burrows and mounds.
Date of loss 11/12/1937. The Annagher was a British cargo steamship (Steel; LBD: 50.34×8.22×3.4; GT 586). Built in 1923 by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen. Lost 11 December 1937.Owned by J. Kelly, Ltd., Belfast. Triple-expansion engines, 83HP and capable of 10 knots. En route from Belfast to Llanelly, Wales with a cargo of scrap metal on 11 December 1937. The vessel was carrying a crew of nine under Captain James McCalmont. The vessel developed a list and the crew tried to beach her. This attempt failed and the vessel foundered. 9 lives were lost (other accounts list one survivor, a William Hunter. The wreck was dispersed with explosives. (Sources: AWD; CDSUS 18 Dec. 1937, p.3; CDSUS 8 Jan. 1838, p.7; CDSUS 14 Jan. 1939, p.3; Hocking 1969, p.35; Larn & Larn, 2002).
AWD (Admiralty Wreck Data); CDSUS (Co. Down Spectator and Ulster Standard).
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
Upper parts of the wreck are covered in dead man’s fingers Alcyonium digitatum and plumose anemones Metridium dianthus. The lower parts have some patches of light-bulb sea squirts Clavelina lepadiformis, but with less life apparent.
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- 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
- Bangor Harbour Master: 028 9145 3297
- When navigating within Bangor harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 11
- Groomsport Harbour Master: 028 9188 2377
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