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Evidence Of Loss

Date 31 December 1920

Event ID 573087

Category Recording

Type Evidence Of Loss


Quality of fix = 0050

Evidence = Echo sounder

Horizontal Datum = OGB

General water depth = 48

Orientation of keel/wreck = 050230

Circumstances of Loss Details


The ST KENAN sank following a collision.

Surveying Details


24 July 1940. The vessel sank at 55 20 00N, 004 57 00W, approximately.

Report from Rosyth naval base, 14 July 1940.

17 January 1969. Nothing was found within 1370 metres of the reported position despite intensive search. A wreck was found 2 miles to the south and this was assumed to be the ST KENAN. It was examined on 22 May 1968 in 55 17 39N, 004 56 37W or decca [n brit] red d 11.92 [-0.15], purple g 78.25 [-0.35]. Horizontal sextant angles gave - Pladda lighthouse 98-11 Turnberry Point lighthouse 100-08 Grey Hill. The least echossounder depth was 40.2 metres in a general depth of 48.7 metres. There was a scour pit to the depth of 49.3 metres. The seabed is fine sand and grey mud.

Report by HMS HYDRA, 11 October 1968.

12 May 1981. The site was examined on 27 November 1980 at 55 17 40N, 004 56 35W. The least echosounder depth was 41.3 in a general depth of 48 metres. No scouring was observed. The side scan sonar indicated a height of 6.3 metres, and a length of 65 metres (213 feet) approximately. The vessel is intact and lies with its keel on an orientation of 050/230 degrees.

Report by HMS HERALD.

27 September 1993. This wreck was reported to have been identified as the British steamship ST ORAN which sank on 31 December 1920 following a collision. The bell has been recovered. She was carrying coal and sank between Ailsa Craig and Turnberry.

Report by I G Whittaker, 17 September 1993.

Hydrographic Office 1995.

(Classified as steel steamship, with cargo of coal: date of loss cited as 31 December 1920). Saint Oran: this vessel was in collision and sank between Ailsa Craig and Turnberry (Eveleen). Capt. Mitchell.

Registration: Glasgow. Built 1911. 237grt. Length: 37m. Beam: 7m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 17.70 W4 56.60).

I G Whittaker 1998.

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