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Loch Maddy: Inganess Bay, Orkney, North Sea

Steamship (20th Century)

Site Name Loch Maddy: Inganess Bay, Orkney, North Sea

Classification Steamship (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Lochmaddy; Copinsay Lighthouse; Kirkwall; Weethick Head; Shapinsay Sound; Head Of Work; Loch Maddy (Stern Section); Loch Maddy (Possibly)

Canmore ID 102377

Site Number HY40NE 8002

NGR HY 48624 09430

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

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

Archaeology Notes

HY40NE 8002 4867 0928

N58 58.0833 W2 53.55

NLO: Inganess Bay [name centred HY 487 102]

Weethick Head [name: HY 492 093]

Shapinsay [name centred HY 52 19]

Shapinsay Sound [name centred HY 517 133]

Copinsay [name: HY 628 015]

Kirkwall [name: HY 449 111].

Formerly entered as HY40NE 8922.

Horizontal Datum = OGB

Buoyage =

General water depth = 8

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The steamship LOCH MADDY was torpedoed by the German submarine U23, 10 miles SE, or 20 miles ENE of Copinsay, whilst en-route from Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, to Leith. The after section was beached in Inganess Bay.

Sources: World War II Shipping Loses, Axis Submarine Successes, Lloyd's Waorld War II Loses.

Surveying Details

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The wreck's position is given as 58 58 10N, 002 53 33W, or bearing 070 degrees, 20 miles from Copinsay lighthouse.

(authority not stated)

27 July 1940. A stranded wreck is reported bearing 175.5 degrees, 2.34 miles from the Head of Work beacon.

Report by HMS FRANKLIN, 6 July 1940.

20 November 1943. The wreck is now charted as a dangerous wreck and marked by green can buoy close to the SW.

Report by Admiralty.

3 January 1958. The wreck's position is amended to 58 58 05N, 002 53 30W. Report taken from a diving survey, 25 August 1957.

5 May 1959. Removal operations are to commence in April 1959.

Report by Northern Lighthouse Board, Notice to Mariners 4/59.

24 August 1983. The buoy has been moved to 58 58 14N, 002 53 39W.

Report by Northern Lighthouse Board, 11 August 1983.

17 February 1986. The wreck lies in the general depth of 11 metres with the stern rising to a height of 5 metres. The reminder of the wreck has been blown flat.

Report by Andrew Jennions, 27 Janauary 1986.

7 August 1986. The wreck has been salvaged and most of non-ferrous metals taken. The site is in general depth of 8 metres.

Report by B Winfield, 26 July 1986.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as steel steamship, with cargo of timber and wheat: date of loss cited as 21 February 1940). Loch Maddy: this vessel was torpedoed 20 miles from Copinsay light, by U57 on 21 February 1940 and by U23 on the 22nd. The two portions sank in square AN1651.

Registration: Glasgow. Built 1934. 4996grt. Length: 126m. Beam: 17m.

(Location of loss cited as N59 4.0 W2 6.0).

Loch Maddy (possibly): reported that both parts towed to Inganess Bay. This is a bow section.

(Location of loss cited as N58 58.08 W2 53.55).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Only part (the bow) of this vessel was presumably towed into Inganess Bay, the remainder havng apparently sunk at the place of the original attack, 20 miles from [presumably roughly E of] Copinsay light.

Copinsay lighthouse (HY60SW 7.00) is at HY 61376 01211.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 11 January 2005.

Activities

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 2581

Name : LOCH MADDY

Latitude : 590400

Longitude : 20600

Date Built : 1934

Registration : GLASGOW

Type : SS (STEEL)

Tonnage : 4996

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 126

Beam : 17

Draught : 8m

Position : Position Approximate

Loss Day : 21

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1940

Comment : Torped 20 mls from Copinsay Lt. by U57 (21st) and U23 (22nd). 2 bits sank AN1651

Cargo : TIMBER, WHEAT

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 7164

Name : LOCH MADDY (POSSIBLY)

Latitude : 585805

Longitude : 25333

Position : Exact Position

Loss Day : 21

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1940

Comment : Reported that both parts towed to Inganess Bay. This is a bow section.

Reference (19 April 2012)

UKHO Identifier : 001290

Feature Class : Wreck

Wreck Category : Dangerous wreck

State : LIVE

Classification : Unclassified

Position (Lat/long) : 58.96896,-2.89518

Horizontal Datum : ETRS 1989

WGS84 Position (Lat/long) : 58.96896,-2.89518

WGS84 Origin : Original

Previous Position : 58.96763,-2.89412

Position Method : Differential Global Positioning System

Position Quality : Surveyed

Position Accuracy : 3.0

Depth : 3.0

Depth Method : Found by multi-beam

Depth Quality : Least depth known

Water Depth : 8

Water Level Effect : Always under water/submerged

Vertical Datum : Mean Low Water Springs

Name : LOCH MADDY (STERN SECTION)

Type : SS

Flag : BRITISH

Sonar Length : 56.0

Sonar Width : 20.0

Orientation : 45.0

Tonnage : 4996

Tonnage Type : Gross

Cargo : WHEAT, LUMBER, AIRCRAFT

Date Sunk : 22/02/1940

Bottom Texture : Sand

Contact Description : Partial wreck

Original Sensor : Reported Sinking

Last Sensor : Acoustic Sensor

Original Detection Year : 1940

Last Detection Year : 2010

Original Source : Other

Last Source : Survey Vessel

Reference (March 2012)

Sitename : Loch Maddy: Inganess Bay, Orkney, North Sea

Altname : Loch Maddy (Stern Section)

Note : Location Updated from Fathoms Ltd Multi Beam Sonar Survey to NGR 348624E 1009430N. Visible remains in the supplied MBES survey data has a SW-NE alignment with a length of 93 metres and a width of 65 metres which is larger than the dimensions of the wrecksite that has been observed with more detailed survey methods.

Kevin Heath (pers. comm) Loch Maddy stern section.

Sources :

GJS/PJM/IS,Orkney Islands - Area 1 Kirkwall Bay,Fathoms Ltd,2009-2010

SeaZone Hydrospatial OSGB36 Wrecks point,SeaZone,2010

2010-27833_KirkwallBay_2m_Shoal_WGS84.bag in WGS1984 by Fathoms Ltd on behalf or Orkney Islands Council,UKHO,2009-2010

UKHO wreck report,2012,1290

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