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Labrador: Mackenzie's Rock, Skerryvore, Atlantic

Steamship (19th Century)

Site Name Labrador: Mackenzie's Rock, Skerryvore, Atlantic

Classification Steamship (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Skerryvore Lighthouse; Skerry Vore; Tiree; Mackenzie Rock; Mackenzie's Rocks Near Skerrygrove Lighthouse; Labrador

Canmore ID 103041

Site Number NF81NW 8015

NGR NF 83789 17254

NGR Description NL c. 798 226

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NL72SE 8001 c. 798 226

N56 17.3 W7 06.9

NLO: Skerryvore [name: NL 840 263]

Tiree [name centred NM 00 45].

Formerly entered as NF81NW 8002 and NF81NW 9534 at cited location NF 8378 1725 (N57 8.2333 W7 13.6833).

1 March 1899 LABRADOR, 8 years, of Liverpool, steel steam ship, 2,998 ton, 94 men, master T.W. Erskine, owner Mississippi and Dominion SS Co. Ltd., Liverpool. St. John NB to Liverpool, General and 64 passengers. Wind SW4. Mackenzie's Rocks near Skerrygrove [Skerryvore] Lighthouse. Casualties involving total loss of vessel during year end 30 June 1899.

Source: PP Abstracts of Shipping Casualties on Coasts, or in Rivers and Harbours, of UK July 1898-99 (1900 [Cd. 318] LXXVII.531).

NMRS, MS/829/67 (no. 745).

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = OGB

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The SS LABRADOR was built in 1891 and was wrecked on Mackenzie Rock, near the Skerryvore Lighthouse, whilst en-route from St John, New Bruswick to Liverpool. It was owned at the time of loss by Mississippi & Dominion Steamship Co.

Source; Dictionary of Disasters at Sea

Surveying Details

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5 March 1975. The vessel was wrecked on the Mackenzie Rock at 57 08 14N, 007 13 41W approximately.

Report by P . L. Sellars, letter dated 11 February 1975.1

9 August 1975. The site was not located.

Report by D. Sloan, letter dated 31 July 1975.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as steel steamship, with general cargo: date of loss cited as 2 March 1899). Labrador: this vessel stranded on Mackenzie [Mackenzie's] Rock. Capt. Erskine.

Registration: Liverpool. Built 1891. 4737grt. Length: 121m. Beam: 14m.

(Location of loss cited as N56 17.47 W7 10.25).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Material reported under RoW amnesty (2001):

A037 1 porthole and hinge (from seabed).

NMRS, MS/829/32.

Material reported under RoW amnesty (2001):

A1084 1 and 1/2 portholes, 1 flange ring: from seabed

A1470 1 valve: from seabed

A1948 1 porthole: from seabed.

NMRS, MS/829/35.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Mackenzie's Rock (N56 17.3 W7 10.5) is an isolated rock peak drying to 2.2m above LWMOST and situated 3nm SW of Skerryvore Lighthouse (NL82NW 1). The report of wreck recovered from this vessel indicates that an accurate location is held but has not been reported.

Skerryvore Lighthouse (NL82NW 1) is at NL 8384 2629.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 28 February 2002.

HO chart 2722 (1989 edition); NMRS, MS/829/32.

Activities

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 602

Name : LABRADOR

Latitude : 561728

Longitude : 71015

Date Built : 1891

Registration : LIVERPOOL

Type : SS (STEEL)

Tonnage : 4737

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 121

Beam : 14

Draught : 9m

Position : Position Approximate

Loss Day : 2

Loss Month : 3

Loss Year : 1899

Comment : Stranded on Mackenzie Rock. Capt. Erskine

Cargo : GENERAL

Reference (19 April 2012)

UKHO Identifier : 001890

Feature Class : Wreck

State : LIVE

Classification : Unclassified

Position (Lat/long) : 57.13722,-7.22806

Horizontal Datum : ORDNANCE SURVEY OF GREAT BRITAIN (1936)

WGS84 Position (Lat/long) : 57.13695,-7.22897

WGS84 Origin : 3-D Cartesian Shift (BW)

Position Quality : Unreliable

Depth Quality : Depth unknown

Water Depth : 5

Vertical Datum : Lowest Astronomical Tide

Name : LABRADOR

Type : SS

Flag : BRITISH

Length : 122.2

Beam : 14.3

Draught : 8.5

Tonnage : 4737

Tonnage Type : Gross

Cargo : GRAIN & MAIL

Date Sunk : 02/03/1899

Contact Description : None reported

Original Sensor : Reported Sinking

Original Detection Year : 1899

Original Source : Other

Circumstances of Loss : **BUILT IN 1891 BY HARLAND & WOLFF LTD, BELFAST. OWNED AT TIME OF LOSS BY MISSISSIPPI & DOMINION SS CO. TRIPLE EXPANSION ENGINE OF 573HP, SINGLE SHAFT. PASSAGE ST JOHN'S, NB, & HALIFAX FOR LIVERPOOL. WRECKED AND BROKE IN TWO ON MACKENZIE ROCK, NEAR SKERRYVORE LTHO. NO LIVES LOST. ONLY A PORTION OF 153 MAIL BAGS RECOVERED. CARGO ALL LOST. (SIBI).

Surveying Details : **5.3.75 SINKING POSN ON MACKENZIE ROCK GIVEN AS 570814N, 071341W APPROX. (P L SELLARS, LTR DTD 11.2.75). NCA.

**H1286/75 19.8.75 NOT LOCATED. (D SLOAN, LTR DTD 31.7.75). NCA.

Charting Comments : POSN FOR FILING ONLY

Date Last Amended : 16/03/2009

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