Location:Descriptive location referring to nearest landfall i.e. town, village, harbour or island
South Rock, Ards Peninsula
Type:Describes whether this dive site can be dived from the shore, from a boat, or both
Wreck:Dive sites which include a shipwreck (or part of a shipwreck) are labelled with a ‘Yes’
Min. dive depth (m):The approximate minimum depth of the dive given in metres
Max. dive depth (m):The approximate maximum depth of the dive given in metres
Max. seabed depth (m):The maximum depth of the seabed at the site taken from the intersect between the dive site point and the depth contour on an Admiralty Standard Nautical Chart
Diving experience (min level):The recommended minimum level of diving experience for a specific site, described as Novice (<50 dives in temperate/cold waters and minimum certification of PADI Open/Advanced Open Water, BSAC Ocean Diver or CMAS 1 star), Intermediate (50-100 dives in temperate/cold waters and minimum certification of PADI Rescue Dive, BSAC Sports Dive or CMAS 2 star) or Advanced (>250 dives in temperate/cold waters and minimum certification of PADI Divemaster, BSAC Dive Leader or CMAS 3 star
Optimal wind direction:The general wind direction which causes minimal exposure at the site, corresponding to 8 points of the compass: North (N), North East (NE), East (E, South East (SE), South (S), South West (SW), West, North West (NW)
Exposure:The approximate level of exposure to wind and wave action at the site on any given day, described as Sheltered (inshore sites surrounded by a form of shelter on all sides), Moderate (sites which are partially sheltered) or Exposed (sites with little to no shelter)
Tidal strength:Anecdotal description of tidal strength at the site
Marine Protected Area:A Yes or No highlighting whether or not the site occurs within a Marine Protected Area
Visibility:Anecdotal description of the typical underwater visibility at the site
Best time to dive:Anecdotal recommendation for the best time to dive the site for optimal underwater conditions. This typically relates to the stage of the tide
3 hours before high water Belfast.
Getting there:Directions for getting to the site
By boat from Portaferry or Strangford.The site is located on the eastern side of South Rock, approx. 3km NE of Kearney Point.
Facilities:Details of nearest facilities to dive site i.e. public car parking and toilets, slipways etc
Public toilets, car parking and toilet facilities are available at Portaferry and Strangford.
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
Hazards:Anecdotal information on possible hazards at the site for divers and snorkellers
Be mindful that the deck has collapsed inside the hull.
Description:A general description of the physical features of the dive site
The wreck is partly buried in the seabed at a depth of 10 metres, in an upright position with a collapsed deck.
History:The history of the wreck provided by the Senior Marine Archaeologist from the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (only included for wreck sites)
Date of loss 07/11/1916. A four-masted iron and steel barque built in 1885 by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow and initially named the ‘County of Edinburgh’. In 1904, under German ownership, the ship was renamed the Frieda. When wrecked in 1916 at South Rock, Co. Down the vessel was registered to Mathias Lundquist from Åland, a region of Finland. She was en route from Mobile to Greenock with a cargo of timber. The crew were able to abandon ship and land their lifeboats at Kearney.
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
Biodiversity:A description of the species composition at the site. Species of interest are highlighted. Follow the links for more information about the species on the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland website
The wreck is covered in short red algae turf with patches of kelp and the occasional common urchin Echinus esculentus and starfish.
A 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
Local charters:A link to the website for the nearest Dive Centre to the site. A map of all dive centres is provided under ‘Go Diving’