History of the SS Lochgarry
One of Ireland’s most Popular Recreational Diving Wrecks
G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41
Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie)
THE BOYD DISASTER.
[caption id="attachment_3756" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society[/caption]By far the largest number of shipwrecks occur when ships come into unplanned contact with the shore. In less enlightened days the local population took these events to be an unexpected bonus and opportunity for acquiring wealth. Slaughter of ships crew and passengers was common. The wrecking of the Spanish Armada around the shores of Ireland was a good example, of those who made it safely ashore, very few survived.
In November 1807 two ships, the Rochdale and Prince of Wales set sail from Pigeonhouse harbour in Dublin, bound for England. They were carrying newly recruited militia for the Napoleonic War, and their families. But bad fortune struck and an easterly gale forced the two ships onto rocks between Blackrock and Seapoint. They were wrecked and nearly 400 people drowned.
Mexican Silver Dollars at Galley Head
P.O’Sullivan, Bandon – 1 November 2006