british SV Bay of Panama [+1891]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type barque - bark
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1883
live live
weight (tons) 2365  grt
dimensions 89.61 x 12.87 x 7.38 m
material steel
rigging 4 masts (equipped with floors and lower deck beams of iron. The forecastle was 37 ft long and the poop 54 ft. Rigged with double top- and topgallant sails and royal sails), 2282 nrt
yard no. 164
IMO/Off. no. 89507
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 10/03/1891  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.22rank: 631
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Bulloch J. J., London
captain Captain D. Wright
no. of crew 40
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depth (m.) 9 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/06/2007
last update Siert Ingo
last update 27/12/2013
[1] Atlantic Scuba27/12/2013
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  The Wreck today  

Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Is very much broken, orientation W-E, lies to starboard side. Her remains lie about 20 metres from the shoreline in rock crevices. Steel plates and ribs still exist.

Lettens Jan04/04/2013

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 UK Hydrographic Office

Patience Kevin05/01/2010

In 1970 the large brass capstan plate was recovered by divers from the RAF St Mawgan sub aqua club. A number of bales of jute were also found in the seabed but a sample brought to the surface was quickly thrown overboard as the smell was awful!!!!

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Allen Tony08/04/2009The Bay of Panama, Capt. D. Wright, was one of the largest steel sailing ships of her day. She left Calcutta on or about November 20th, 1890, for Dundee with 17,000 bales of jute. For the first ten weeks of her voyage everything was normal, but after that period she experienced bad weather for 42 days in succession. On March 10th, 1891, when 111 days out of Calcutta, she was approaching the Lizardin one of the worst snowstorms ever known on the coast of Cornwall.

The sea was rough and it was bitterly cold. The vessel rounded the Lizard safely but was off course, and shortly afterwards drove ashore at Nare Point slightly W. of the mouth of Helford River, where she lay exposed to the full fury of the seas. Capt. Wright, his wife and 16 others were lost from the 40 on board. Six men who took refuge in the rigging were frozen to death though close to the shore, it being impossible for the lifeboats to reach them.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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About Builders
 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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Dive Centre with a dive charter RHIB based near Falmouth, covering Falmouth Bay and the Manacles. Twin engined catamaran rib coded for 10 divers and skippered by an experienced local diver and RYA Instructor.
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Dive Centre with a dive charter RHIB based near Falmouth, covering Falmouth Bay and the Manacles. Twin engined catamaran rib coded for 10 divers and skippered by an experienced local diver and RYA Instructor.
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