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Nixie: Vaig Bay, Sound Of Sleat, Sea Of The Hebrides

Drifter (20th Century)

Site Name Nixie: Vaig Bay, Sound Of Sleat, Sea Of The Hebrides

Classification Drifter (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hixie 49; '400-500 Yards North Of Mallaig Vaig Bay'; Nixie

Canmore ID 101943

Site Number NM69NE 8006

NGR NM 6921 9719

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Glenelg (Lochaber)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NM69NE 8006 unlocated

NLO: Sound of Sleat [name centred NG 72 09]

Mallaig [name: NG 676 970].

Formerly entered as NB70SW 8001 and NB70SW 8452 at cited location NB 7412 0105; formerly also entered as NM69NE 8008.

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = UND

Surveying Details


1926. The position for the wreck of the HIXIE 49 is given as 57 00 00N, 005 49 00W, or 365 to 460 metres north of Mallaig Vaig Bay.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as Yacht: date of loss cited as 20 August 1926). Nixie: this vessel stranded, and was refloated, but sank under tow 400-500 yards North of Mallaig Vaig Bay.

Registration: Belfast. Built 1877. 53grt.

(Location of loss cited as N57 0.80 W5 48.25).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary, being derived from the unverified location that is cited by Whittaker.

The location (N57 0 W5 49) cited by UKHO may be converted to NM c. 682 963: this location falls on land. Neither Vaig Bay nor Mallaig Vaig Bay is noted as such on the 1997 edition of the OS 1: 50,000 map; Mallaig itself is at NG 676 970.

The correct form of the name of this vessel remains unclear. That cited by Whittaker is preferred.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 20 January 2003.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 2017

Name : NIXIE

Latitude : 570048

Longitude : 54815

Date Built : 1877

Registration : BELFAST

Type : YACHT

Tonnage : 53

Tonnage Code : G

Position : Position Approximate

Loss Day : 20

Loss Month : 8

Loss Year : 1926

Comment : Stranded, refloated but sank under tow 400-500 yards N of Mallaig Vaig Bay.


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