Annie Jane: Bagh Siar, Vatersay, Atlantic

Brig (19th Century), Sailing Vessel (by Form/type)

Site Name Annie Jane: Bagh Siar, Vatersay, Atlantic

Classification Brig (19th Century), Sailing Vessel (by Form/type)

Alternative Name(s) Isle Vatersa; Bhatarsaigh; Barra; Annie Jane

Canmore ID 102881

Site Number NL69NW 8001

NGR NL 60677 98186

NGR Description NL c. 624 953

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Maritime - Western Isles
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NL69NW 8001 c. 624 953

N56 55.5 W7 33

NLO: Bagh Siar [name centred NL 624 953]

Vatersay/Bhatarsaigh [name centred NL 62 96]

Barra (Barraigh): [name centred NL 67 02].

Possibly on map sheet NL69SW.

See also NL69NW 128.

Formerly entered as NL69NW 9550 at cited location NL 6068 9890 (N56 57 W7 35) and also as unlocated.

28 September 1853, ANNIE JANE, of Liverpool, Liverpool to Montreal, passengers, wind W force 11, stormy, 360 dead, total wreck. Isle Vatersa, Hebrides, by stress of weather. The ship was dismasted. 36 hours after leaving Liverpool. Drove as far as latitude 60? North by continued gales and was finally lost on Isle Vatersa [Vatersay]. Twelve of the crew and 102 passengers saved. Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. Lloyds List. [Vatersay - south of Barra. CB]

Source: PP Admiralty Register of Wrecks and other Casualties on Shores of UK [record received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/67 (no. 457).

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = UND

Circumstances of Loss Details


22 May 1970. The emigrant ship ANNIE JANE was on a voyage from Liverpool to Canada with 450 passengers and crew when she was struck by a huge wave in rough weather off Barra Island in the Hebrides. The vessel went to pieces within 15 mins. 348 lives lost.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as brig, carrying emigrants: date of loss cited as 28 September 1853). Annie Jane: this vessel was wrecked at Bagh Siar, on the W side of Vatersay. Capt. Mason.

Registraton: Liverpool. Built 1853. 1294 tons burthern. Length: 55m. Beam: 10m.

(Location of loss cited as N56 55.33 W7 33.67).

I G Whittaker 1998.

(Comprehsensive and illustrated description of stranding, with discussion of subsequent interment of remains, enquiry and construction of monument).

M Clark 2006.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. The clearly-defined bay of Bagh Siar is set into the W side of the island of Vatersay.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 18 March 2008.



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