By boat from Portmuck or Ballylumford Harbour. The site lies ~50m north of Skernaghan Point.
Portmuck Harbour provides free car parking, a slipway and public toilets. The pier is 25 metres long, 6.5 metres wide and in good condition.
Free parking, a slipway, public toilets and outdoor changing facilities are available at Ballylumford Harbour as well (access to slipway restricted to Islandmagee Boat Club members; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
- Ironwork deteriorating, keep an eye out for sharp edges.
Lies off Skernaghan Point, Islandmagee. The wreck is badly broken up, with the boiler just below the surface. The bow section is 20m SW of Skernaghan Point, with the stern to the east.
Date of loss 26/11/1905. Iron steamship built in 1890 in Paisley. LBD: 39.67 x 6.01 x 2.92; g.t. 241. En route from Irvine with coal. Discharged her cargo a Carnlough and was off Portmuck preparing to load limestone when a SW force 5 blew up. She became stranded and then lost with all 9 crew. (Sources: C.S.P. 1907 Vol. 75, p.1261; WA F95).
CSP (Commons Sessional Papers); WA (Wilson Archive)
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
Usual wreck/kelp sealife; if you can find them! Starfish, sea urchins, wrasse and crabs.
View all species records from this siteA 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
Irish Wrecks Online – SS Peridot
- 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
- Portmuck/Ballylumford Harbour: 028 9336 6666
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