By boat from Rathlin or Ballycastle Harbour. The site is approximately 500m east of Bull Point, close to the shore.
Rathlin Harbour has pontoons for around 40 boats. Water and electricity are available on the pontoon but there is no reliable source of fuel. Public toilets are available in Church Bay between the harbour and the pub, near the playground.
Ballycastle Harbour has a gated slipway (open during office hours) and pontoon berthing. Free car parking is available above the harbour and marina. Free public toilets are available in the visitor information office above the harbour.
Berthing fees apply for both Rathlin and Ballycastle Harbour Office; for use of either, contact the Ballycastle Harbour Office: 02820768525 / 07803505984.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
The wreck is scattered throughout this shallow site. You should be able to spot the bronze propellor blades which rest under a huge boulder.
Date of loss 28/09/1921. This 52 n.t.,126 g.t. British steam salvage vessel was wrecked during the salvage of the Knightsgarth, and was a total loss. The crew of eight were saved. The vessel was built in 1879 by H.M. Dockyard, Pembroke and was owned by the North of Ireland Marine Salvage Co. Ltd. It had a length of 87 ft., a beam of 26 ft. and a depth/draught of 9 ft. It had a cargo of scrap on board. The crew had left the vessel to attend a ceilidh on the island, and the vessel parted from its moorings during the night and was wrecked on the rocks. Divers reportedly discovered the remains of this vessel at the above location in the early 199os. (Source: Cecil, 1990 The Harsh winds of Rathlin, p.60).
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
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Aquaholics – Ballycastle and Rathlin Island
- 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/Rathlin Harbour Master: Office No. 028 207 68525 Mobile Number 07803 505084.
- When navigating within Ballycastle or Rathlin harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 80.
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