Date 9th June 2019
R/O 1 pm – Eyemouth harbour wall
PM afternoon – (in shore) hard-boat trip
x 2 dives from Wavedancer (with diver lift)
Glanmire is a Wreck Dive 2nd – please note this will be a Reverse profile dive*** i.e. deeper dive last.
22 to 33 m Range
THE GLANMIRE, armed steamer. BUILT 1888, SUNK 1912
THE CAPTAIN OF THE 1141-TON iron steamer Glanmire put her on to the Black Carr Rocks on a rising tide in fog at 6.20 in the morning of 25 July, 1912, writes Kendall McDonald.
He would later admit to the enquiry into her loss that the fog was so thick that he didn’t know where he was, nor could he see the light of the St Abbs Lighthouse, though he was only 300 m north of it. He also knew nothing of the tides in the area.
The Black Carrs are a large group of rocks just south of St Abbs Head, and the Glanmire struck them so hard that the order to abandon ship was given almost at once.
The crew of 22 and the 15 passengers responded immediately, and reached the shore in two of the ships boats remarkably swiftly.
But when they tried to see the ship, she had disappeared in the fog. In fact the rising tide had lifted her off the rocks, and she drifted north to founder 550 m off St Abbs Head. At the time of the enquiry, no one seemed very sure where the wreck was. And the rough seas and gales soon started to break it apart, even though it lay on its side in 30 m. It was first dived in 1965.
The Glanmire, which was on a voyage from Amsterdam to Leith and Grangemouth with a general cargo at the time of her loss, had been built in 1888 by WB Thompson & Co of Dundee, 242 ft long with a beam of 32 ft and draught of 16 ft. Intended to carry 66 first class and 37 steerage passengers, her main deck was designed for livestock, as she was originally built to be a replacement for the 888-ton coastal steamer Bally Cotton, which was later lost in February 1900 on rocks near Newton, Northumberland.
– CAPTAIN CLUELESS
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