Shamrock: Talmine Bay, Tongue Bay, Atlantic

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Alternative Names Talmin Bay; Kyle Of Tongue; Cape Wrath; 'Off Rabbit Island'; Rabbit Islands; Pentland Firth; Shamrock
Canmore ID 220931
Site Number NC56SE 8002
NGR NC 587 629
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District MARITIME
Datum Datum not recorded
NGR Desc NC c. 587 629
Form Casualty
Latitude N 58 31.9
Longitude W 4 25.6

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Archaeological Notes

NC56SE 8002 c. 587 629
N58 31.9 W4 25.6

NLO: Talmine [name: NC 584 629]
Talmine Island [name: NC 591 624]
Tongue Bay [name centred NC 606 615]
Kyle of Tongue [name centred NC 58 58]
Cape Wrath [name: NC 256 750]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

26 November 1865, SHAMROCK, sloop, 15 tons, 2 crew, departed Thurso for Tongue carrying meal etc., and 1 passenger, stranded, total loss, 1 life lost, wind N9, Talmin [Talmine] Bay, Sutherlandshire.
Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1865 (1866 [3716] LXV.507).

SHAMROCK, 29th Nov. The SHAMROCK went down off Rabbit Island, on the North coast, 25th Nov.: one man drowned.
Source: LL, No. 16,114, London, Saturday, December 2 1865.

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 2227).

(No classification specified: cargo cited as meal, and date of loss as 25 November 1865). Shamrock: this vessel foundered off Rabbit Island. Capt. Gow. Registration: Wick. 51nrt.
(Location of loss cited as N58 32.33 W4 23.0).
I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Talmine Bay is not noted on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map but the name presumably applies to the well-defined indentation to the NW of Talmine Island and in front of Talmine village. The area is situated on the W side of Tongue Bay and to the N of the Kyle of Tongue.
Whittaker locates the loss 'off Rabbit Island' [Rabbit Islands: centred NC 605 635]. This remains unconfirmed.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 2 September 2002.


Project Project Adair - Whittaker data upload.

Notes Whittaker ID : 11636
Latitude : 583220
Longitude : 42300
Registration : WICK
Tonnage : 51
Tonnage Code : N
Loss Day : 25
Loss Month : 11
Loss Year : 1865
Comment : Foundered off Rabbit Island. Capt. Gow
Cargo : MEAL

Further details

Books and References

Larn and Larn, R and B (1998) Shipwreck index of the British Isles: volume 4, Scotland, London
Page(s): DF 26/11/1865 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.LAR

Whittaker, I G (1998) Off Scotland: a comprehensive record of maritime and aviation losses in Scottish waters, Edinburgh
Page(s): 258 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.WHI

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