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Hastings County: Auskerry, Orkney, North Sea

Steamship (20th Century)

Site Name Hastings County: Auskerry, Orkney, North Sea

Classification Steamship (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Sierra Nevada; Auskerry Lighthouse; Hastings County; Hastings County (Ex. Sierra Nevada)

Canmore ID 102234

Site Number HY61NE 8001

NGR HY 67183 15376

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/102234

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HY61NE 8001 675 156

N59 1.6 W2 34

NLO: Auskerry [name: HY 675 163].

Location formerly cited as HY 6807 1856 [N59 3 W2 33].

(Location cited as HY 675 156). SS Hastings County. The remains, still quite impressive, are scattered over several hundred yards of jaggedly rocky foreshore. The engine block, apparently a triple-expansion with cylinder approx 14", 40" and 55". Diameter, about 50" stroke, is lying apart from the bed-plate to which is attached the massive crankshaft and beginning of the propeller shaft, incorporating a multi-collar thrust block. Another major length of main shaft lying some distance away to NE. A boiler is said to be exposed at low spring tides.

(Reference made to issues of The Orcadian and The Orkney Herald between 17 June and 14 July 1926).

RCAHMS 1984 (visited by Dr R G Lamb, August 1983).

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = OGB

Circumstances of Loss Details

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SS Hastings County, 4178 gross tons, 2559 net, built in America 1920, owned by Lorentz W Hansen, Bergen, went ashore in fog below Auskerry lighthouse on Sunday evening, 13 June 1926, while attempting to make

the Fair Isle passage en route from Hamburg to Montreal.

The mixed cargo comprised largely of toys and teddy bears and two luxury motor-pinnaces carried as deck cargo, subsequently salvaged, as was most of the bunker coal.

Imformation taken from The Orcadian, 17 and 24 June (photo) 1926, and The Orkney Herald, 16, 23 and 30 June and 14 July 1926.

The steamship HASTINGS COUNTY, built in 1920, was wrecked off Auskerry lighthouse, whilst en-route from Hamburg to Montreal. The fore section broke off and sank. The vessel was owned at time of loss by Lorentz W. Hansens Red.

Source: Dictionary of Disasters at Sea.

Surveying Details

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7 August 1986. The wreck was dived upon at 59 03 00N, 002 33 00W during 1986. It is very much broken up. The engine crankshaft is laid on foreshore near the lighthouse.

Report by B Winfield, 26 July 1986.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as steel steamship, with general cargo: former name cited as Sierra Nevada, and date of loss as 13 June 1926). Hastings County: this vessel stranded at Auskerry Light, and was on fire during salvage operations, 28 September 1926.

Registration: Bergen. Built 1920. 4178 grt. Length: 116m. Beam: 16m.

(Location of loss cited as N59 1.10 W2 34.3).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Auskerry lighthouse (HY61NE 10) is at HY 6724 1556.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 24 January 2005.

Activities

Orkney Smr Note (August 1983)

The remains, still quite impressive, are scattered over

several hundred yards of jaggedly rocky foreshore. The engine

block, apparently a triple-expansion with cylinders approximately

14in, 40in and 55in diameter, about 50in stroke, is lying apart

from the bed-plate to which is attached the massive crankshaft

and beginning of the propellor shaft, incorporating a

multi-collar thrust block. Another major length of main shaft

lying some distance away to NE. A boiler is said to be exposed

at low spring tides.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Aug 83.

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 571

Name : HASTINGS COUNTY (EX. SIERRA NEVADA)

Latitude : 590106

Longitude : 23418

Date Built : 1920

Registration : BERGEN

Type : SS (STEEL)

Tonnage : 4178

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 116

Beam : 16

Draught : 7m

Loss Day : 13

Loss Month : 6

Loss Year : 1926

Comment : Stranded at Auskerry Lt. On fire during salvage ops on 28/9/1926

Cargo : GENERAL

Reference (19 April 2012)

UKHO Identifier : 000508

Feature Class : Wreck

Wreck Category : Non-dangerous wreck

State : LIVE

Classification : Unclassified

Position (Lat/long) : 59.02417,-2.57333

Horizontal Datum : ETRS 1989

WGS84 Position (Lat/long) : 59.02417,-2.57333

WGS84 Origin : Original

Previous Position : 59.05000,-2.55000

Position Quality : Unreliable

Depth Quality : Depth unknown

Water Depth : 5

Vertical Datum : Lowest Astronomical Tide

Name : HASTINGS COUNTY

Type : SS

Flag : NORWEGIAN

Length : 115.8

Beam : 15.8

Draught : 7.3

Tonnage : 4178

Tonnage Type : Gross

Cargo : GEN INC 2 M LAUNCHES, RUM & TOYS

Date Sunk : 13/06/1926

Bottom Texture : Rock

Contact Description : Entire wreck

Original Sensor : Diver Sighting

Original Detection Year : 1986

Original Source : Divers

Circumstances of Loss : **BUILT IN 1920. OWNED AT TIME OF LOSS BY LORENTZ W HANSENS RED.THREE BOILERS, TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE, SINGLE SHAFT. PASSAGE HAMBURG FOR MONTREAL. WRECKED OFF AUSKERRY, FWD SECTION BROKE OFF & SANK. CREW OF 40 RESCUED. MUCH OF CARGO SALVAGED. CAUGHT FIRE SEPTEMBER 1926 AND WAS BROKEN UP IN A GALE THE FOLLOWING NOVEMBER. (SIBI).

Surveying Details : **H1310/86/20 7.8.86 WK DIVED DURING 1986. VERY MUCH BROKEN UP. ENGINE CRANKSHAFT IS LAID ON FORESHORE NEAR THE LTHO. (B WINFIELD, 26.7.86). POSN 590300N, 023300W FOR FILING ONLY.

POSITIONS BELOW THIS POINT ARE IN DEGREES, MINUTES AND DECIMALS OF A MINUTE

**4.4.01 INS AS NDWPA. BR STD.

**15.5.07 RECORD REVIEWED. POSN ABOVE INCORRECT. CONFIRMATION THAT REMAINS OF WRECK LIE ON FORESHORE NEAR AUSKERRY LT. (K HEATH, TELECON 14.5.07). DELETE NDWPA, AMEND POSN TO 5901.450N, 0234.400W FOR FILING ONLY. BR STD.

General Comments : VERY BROKEN UP

Charting Comments : POSN FOR FILING ONLY

Date Last Amended : 15/05/2007

Date Position Last Amended : 15/05/2007

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