By boat from Bangor. The wreck is in the middle of the lough entrance, ~4km due north of Orlock Point.
Bangor Marina and public toilets are available at South Pier. The slipway to the north of the car park is primarily a means of launching Bangor’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat and use is restricted to season ticket holders and Bangor Marina/harbour users. For more information, visit: http://www.quaymarinas.com/cookie-preferences-page/
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
- Close to the main shipping lane in and out of Belfast Lough (as well as recreational boat traffic)
The wreck lies intact in a west-east direction on her port side on a sandy seabed at a charted depth of 30 metres. The funnel is beside the hull and the rudder is shattered in two. The seabed rises rapidly to the south of the wreck (deck side). Description from Irish Wrecks Online
Date of loss 31/03/1946. Three-masted steamship en route from Garston to Belfast when sank following collision with steamer Elmfield at mouth of Belfast Lough. Owned by John Kelly Ltd. (Sources Larn & larn 2002).
Information derived from Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division.
See also Irish Wrecks Online.
- 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.
- Bangor Harbour Master: 028 9145 3297
- When navigating within the harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 11.