Shamrock: Talmine Bay, Tongue Bay, Atlantic
Sloop (19th Century)
Site Name Shamrock: Talmine Bay, Tongue Bay, Atlantic
Classification Sloop (19th Century)
Alternative Name(s) 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
NGR Description NC c. 587 629
Datum Datum not recorded
- Council Highland
- Parish Maritime - Highland
- Former Region Highland
- Former District Maritime
- Former County Not Applicable
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  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.