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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 851318

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


ND37SE 8035 c. 389 738

N58 38.9 W3 3.2

NLO: Ness of Duncansby [name: ND 389 738]

Duncansby Head [name: ND 405 733]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Dunnet by Thurso, 1st July. The SCARRISH (schr.), of Aberdeen, Mackenzie, from Newcastle to Dublin, with coals, got on shore on the Ness of Duncans Bay [Duncansby], Pentland Firth during a dense fog this morning and is lying in a very dangerous position, full of water: crew and materials saved.

Source: LL, No. 16,293, London, Monday, July 2 1866.

Wick, 30th June. A fishing vessel arrived here from Stornoway, reports having passed this morning two large barques on shore at Dunnet head, near the Light-house: and an Aberdeen schooner on shore on Duncansby head: the schooner, coal laden, was being dismantled. Thick fog in Pentland Firth since yesterday.

Source: LL, No. 16,293, London, Monday, July 2 1866.

Pentland Firth, 2nd July. The spars, sails, anchors, and chains of the SCARRISH OF TYREE, of Aberdeen (not SCARRISH, as before reported), Mackenzie, Newcastle to Dublin, which got ashore 1st July, have been landed at Duncansby Ness. The vessel has her bottom out, and will probably bot to [Record received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 11063).

(Classified as wooden schooner, with cargo of coal: date of loss cited as 30 June 1866). Scarrish of Tiree: this vessel stranded at Ness of Duncansby. Capt. McKenzie.

Registration: Aberdeen. Built 1864. 91grt. Length: 23m. Beam: 6m.

(Location of loss cited as N58 37.0 W3 2.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

The date cited by Whittaker is accepted.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 7 May 2007.

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