british Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn) SV Loch Shiel [+1894]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type fully rigged ship
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1877
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weight (tons) 1277  grt
dimensions 67.8 x 10.9 x 6.4 m
material iron
rigging 3 masts (full-rigged), 1218 nrt
yard no. 179
IMO/Off. no. 78568
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 30/01/1894  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn), Glasgow
no. of crew 27
no. of passengers 6
about the wreck
depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Jan Lettens
entered 01/07/2002
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last update 04/03/2012
Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens06/08/2007

Very broken in kelp 20m from southern end of island. Some sections surprisingly large, decking still visible. Bricks all over bottom bear Glasgow manufacturer's name. ''Whisky galore'' on shore for locals and little of cargo recovered by Customs. Divers often find full, but undrinkable, bottles of whisky under sand patches. Good novice dive. Contact Milford Haven Port Authority before diving.
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Siert Ingo04/03/2012Known as the "Whiskey Wreck". The LOCH SHIEL had 60 cases of Whiskey bottles on board when she sank. Most bottles were picked up by locals for their own purpose or hidden somewhere around the wreck. The only death from the wreck was a local who drunk himself to death from the Whiskey. In 1999 a group of divers recovered 6 bottles of 100 years aged beer from the wreck.
Jan Lettens06/08/20071.277 ton fully-rigged iron sailing ship, built 1877. 225ftx36ft. Cargo: 7000 cases of whisky, bottled beer, general. Brick ballast. Glasgow for Adelaide. Sunk: 30 January 1894, ran ashore on Thorn Island while seeking shelter from gale in Milford Haven. Heroic rescue of all 33 aboard by Angle lifeboat.
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About Builders
 Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893. - Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

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