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Moncousou: Badh Rock, Sound Of Gigha

Steamship, Target Craft (20th Century)

Site Name Moncousou: Badh Rock, Sound Of Gigha

Classification Steamship, Target Craft (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Nestor; Mon Cousu; Sound Of Jura; Moncousu; Moncousu (Ex. Nestor)

Canmore ID 102684

Site Number NR65SE 8001

NGR NR 69886 52425

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/102684

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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Maritime - Argyll And Bute
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NR65SE 8001 6988 5242

N55 42.6333 W5 39.8167

NLO: Isle of Gigha [name centred NR 642 492]

Sound of Gigha [name centred NR 67 49]

Sound of Jura [name centred NR 64 78]

Jura [name centred NR 54 82].

Formerly entered as NR65SE 9316.

Quality of fix = HSA

Evidence = Swept by Wire(Two Ship/Boat Drift/Drag Sweep)

Horizontal Datum = OGB

General water depth = 8

Orientation of keel/wreck = NS

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The steamship MONCOUSU was used as an ammunition storage ship. It was damaged during a German air attack on 29 April 1941 and sank the next day. It was refloated and towed to the Sound of Gigha for use as a bombing target. It was sunk on 5 January 1942.

Sources: Lloyds War Losses, Britain's Sea War.

Surveying Details

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31 August 1945. A stranded wreck was reported at 55 42 20N, 005 40 08W, approximately by the Admiralty.

24 April 1957. The wreck is no longer visible.

Report by HM Trawler IRIS.

2 December 1959. The wreck was located at 55 42 38N, 005 39 49W. It was swept by a 2 boat drift sweep. The wreck cleared at 4.8 metres but fouled at 6 metres. The least echosounder depth was 5.5 metres in a general depth of 7.9 metres. A scour was observed to 3.6 metres deep. The seabed is sand. The wreck lies with its keel on an orientation of 000/180 degrees.

Report by HMS SHACKLETON, 20 October 1959.

6 May 1969. Reported as no longer used as a bombing target.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as steel steamship: no cargo specified, but former name cited as Nestor, and date of loss as 5 January 1944). Moncousu: this vessel sank after being used as a bombing target.

Registration: British. Built 1912. 1420grt. Length: 72m. Beam: 11m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 42.63 W5 39.82).

The location cited by UKHO is accepted. Badh Rock is not indicated on the 1998 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map.

No detailed description of the remains of this wreck is apparently available.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 8 May 2002.

Activities

Loss (5 January 1944)

(Classified as steel steamship: no cargo specified, but former name cited as Nestor, and date of loss as 5 January 1944). Moncousu: this vessel sank after being used as a bombing target.

Registration: British. Built 1912. 1420grt. Length: 72m. Beam: 11m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 42.63 W5 39.82).

Evidence Of Loss (1995)

Quality of fix = HSA

Evidence = Swept by Wire(Two Ship/Boat Drift/Drag Sweep)

Horizontal Datum = OGB

General water depth = 8

Orientation of keel/wreck = NS

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The steamship MONCOUSU was used as an ammunition storage ship. It was damaged during a German air attack on 29 April 1941 and sank the next day. It was refloated and towed to the Sound of Gigha for use as a bombing target. It was sunk on 5 January 1942.

Sources: Lloyds War Losses, Britain's Sea War.

Surveying Details

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31 August 1945. A stranded wreck was reported at 55 42 20N, 005 40 08W, approximately by the Admiralty.

24 April 1957. The wreck is no longer visible.

Report by HM Trawler IRIS.

2 December 1959. The wreck was located at 55 42 38N, 005 39 49W. It was swept by a 2 boat drift sweep. The wreck cleared at 4.8 metres but fouled at 6 metres. The least echosounder depth was 5.5 metres in a general depth of 7.9 metres. A scour was observed to 3.6 metres deep. The seabed is sand. The wreck lies with its keel on an orientation of 000/180 degrees.

Report by HMS SHACKLETON, 20 October 1959.

6 May 1969. Reported as no longer used as a bombing target.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

Note (8 May 2002)

The location cited by UKHO is accepted. Badh Rock is not indicated on the 1998 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map.

No detailed description of the remains of this wreck is apparently available.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 8 May 2002.

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 622

Name : MONCOUSU (EX. NESTOR)

Latitude : 554238

Longitude : 53949

Date Built : 1912

Registration : BRITISH

Type : SS (STEEL)

Tonnage : 1420

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 72

Beam : 11

Draught : 5m

Position : Exact Position

Loss Day : 5

Loss Month : 1

Loss Year : 1944

Comment : Sank after being used as a bombing target.

Reference (19 April 2012)

UKHO Identifier : 003942

Feature Class : Wreck

Wreck Category : Dangerous wreck

State : LIVE

Classification : Unclassified

Position (Lat/long) : 55.71048,-5.66467

Horizontal Datum : ETRS 1989

WGS84 Position (Lat/long) : 55.71048,-5.66467

WGS84 Origin : Block Shift

Previous Position : 55.71055,-5.66362

Position Method : Horizontal sextant angle

Position Quality : Surveyed

Depth : 4.6

Depth Method : Swept by wire-drag

Depth Quality : Least depth known

Water Depth : 8

Water Level Effect : Always under water/submerged

Vertical Datum : Mean Low Water Springs

Name : MONCOUSU

Type : SS

Flag : BRITISH

Length : 71.6

Beam : 11.0

Draught : 5.0

Orientation : 0.0

Tonnage : 1420

Tonnage Type : Gross

Date Sunk : 05/01/1944

Bottom Texture : Sand

Scour Depth : 3.7

Contact Description : Entire wreck

Original Sensor : Video Sensor

Last Sensor : Physical Snag

Original Detection Year : 1945

Last Detection Year : 1959

Original Source : Naval Vessel

Last Source : Survey Vessel

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