By boat launch from Ballycastle, travel north-east for approx. 500 metres (there is no longer a buoy marking the site).
Ballycastle Harbour has a gated slipway (open during office hours) and pontoon berthing (fees apply). For use contact the Ballycastle Harbour Office: 02820768525 / 07803505984. Free car parking is available above the harbour and marina. Free public toilets are available in the visitor information office above the harbour.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
- The wreck is well broken up with sharp edges.
- The site is close to recreational boating activity out of Ballycastle Harbour and the Ballycastle to Rathlin ferry line.
The wreck is laying inverted and is well broken up. It lies on a coarse sand and mixed sediment seabed covered in kelp park.
Date of loss 06/12/1911. This 386 gross ton British Coaster sank 300m east of Ballycastle harbour after it listed and capsized. Two lives were lost and nine lives saved. The vessel was built by J. Fullerton and Co., Paisley in 1905, and owned by Henry Lane & Co., Londonderry. It had a length of 145 ft., a breadth of 24 ft. and a depth/draught of 8 ft. Its voyage was from Ellesmere Port to Londonderry carrying a cargo of coal. On 4th December heavy seas had flooded the engine room, extinguishing the fires, and the Templemore had to anchor in Murlough Bay. Two of the crew rowed ashore and sought assistance. The tug Earl of Dunraven was sent out, taking an engineer, Charles Maude, who boarded the Coaster. The vessels proceeded to Ballycastle, but the Templemore, which had been listing, capsized and sank. Maude and the ship’s engineer, John Simms were lost. The captain, George Butler, and remaining crew were rescued by three Ballycastle fishermen, John Coyle, William Robinson and Donald Black. The wreckage is mostly collapsed and lies in a general depth of 19-20m. (Sources: AWD; Cecil, The Harsh Winds of Rathlin p.72-3; WA G87).
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
Much of the wreck and surrounding seabed are covered in patches of kelp. bow of the wreck is covered in patches of kelp. Dense colonies of Dead man’s fingers Alcyonium digitatum and hydroids are also found on the wreck. The European spiny lobster (crawfish) Palinurus elephas, a Northern Ireland Priority Species, has also been recorded on the wreck.
- 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.
- Ballycastle Harbour Office No. 028 207 68525 Mobile Number 07803 505084
- When navigating within Ballycastle Harbour, use VHF Channel 80.