Wreck Wreck

S.S. Thrush


Average score: 0

Site name: S.S. Thrush
Location: Descriptive location referring to nearest landfall i.e. town, village, harbour or island
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
~5-10 metres
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
Best dived at HW slack for easy entry and exit when diving from the shore; but can be dived any time from boat.
Getting there: Directions for getting to the site

By boat from Glenarm, follow the coast in a southerly direction for approx. 3km.

If diving from the shore there is a lay-by and a path down to the entry point. There is a bit of a swim out to the wreck from the shore. Shore entry and exit not for the fainthearted, especially at low tide, or if there is any swell.

Facilities: Details of nearest facilities to dive site i.e. public car parking and toilets, slipways etc

For boat diving, Glenarm Marina offers a slipway and free car parking.

For shore diving, car parking is available on the lay-by on the Coast Road above the site. Public toilets are available in Glenarm, across the footbridge from the harbour.

Hazards: Anecdotal information on possible hazards at the site for divers and snorkellers

  • There is a slight climb down from the lay-by to get to the rocky shore.
  • Shore entry can be difficult due to large rocks and boulders. Strongly advise diving at HW.
  • If diving from boat there are lobster pots in the area to be aware of.
  • The wreck is badly broken up so beware of sharp edges.
Description: A general description of the physical features of the dive site

The wreck is badly broken up, but the mast, boiler and various other sections of plate are still easily distinguishable, especially in the winter when the kelp is reduced. The surrounding seabed is made up of boulders and sand.

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 11/04/1917. Built originally as a Royal Navy gunboat in 1889 in Greenock. Used as a gunboat, coastguard vessel (from 1906), cable laying ship (from 1915) and operating as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary salvage steamer at time of sinking. Nine of the crew were lost when she sank during a snow-storm. The rest of the crewmen were rescued, and fed and clothed by locals. The nine crew who perished were buried in Glenarm. (Sources: Larn & larn 2002; Ms. L. Keatley).

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

Wrasse, crabs, sea urchins, sponges and sea anemones are all found on the wreck.

View all species records from this site

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’


Environmental and Historical Designations: A list of any environmental or historical designations attributed to the site, or overlapping it. Follow the link for more information

More information: Links to additional information found online for the dive site

Irish Wrecks Online – S.S. Thrush

Northern Ireland Marine MapViewer

Safety: Safety tips

  • 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.
  • Glenarm Harbour Office: 028 9336 6666
Latitude, Longitude: The approximate XY coordinates for the dive site in Decimel Degrees (DD). These can be converted to DMS or DDM by following the link below
54.961667, -5.916667

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