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Glenann: Cleiteadh Buidhe, Torrylin Bay, Arran, Firth Of Clyde

Steamship (20th Century)

Site Name Glenann: Cleiteadh Buidhe, Torrylin Bay, Arran, Firth Of Clyde

Classification Steamship (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Glenaan; Theme; Cultra; Voltante; River Lagg; Glen Arran; Torrlin Point; Outer Clyde Estuary; Glenaan (Probably); Glenann (Ex. Theme, Cultra, ...)

Canmore ID 112479

Site Number NR92SE 8002

NGR NR 96105 20407

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long

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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Maritime - North Ayrshire
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NR92SE 8002 9568 2042

N55 26.1 W5 13.8

NLO: Torrylinnwaterfoot [name: NR 952 206]

Cleiteadh Buidhe [name: NR 958 206]

Bennan Head [name: NR 991 201].

Formerly entered as NR92SE 9303.

Formerly also entered as NR92SE 8008 at cited location NR 9610 2046 [N55 26.1 W5 13.4], and as NR92SE 8011 (Glen Arran) at cited location NR c. 953 206 [N55 26.2 W5 14.2].

(Name cited as Glen Arran: classified as trawler).

[Location drawing].

G Ridley 1984.

GLENAAN [sic]. Wreckage is very broken up and consists of stern post, iron propeller and shaft, engine parts, plates, frames and condenser tubing, sections standing 3 metres from the seabed.

The source includes a sketch to aid in locating the wreck.

Source: Butland & Siedlecki, BSAC Wreck Register 1987.

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = OGB

General water depth = 4

Orientation of keel/wreck = EW

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The GLENAAN ran aground on Bennan Head, Arran, in thick fog and rain. Most of the cargo was recovered. Salvage attempts failed.

Surveying Details

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7 May 1976. There is still a fair amount of well broken up wreckage.

Report taken from a letter from T A Slade dated 1 May 1976.

18 May 1976. The wreck lies at right angles to the reef, with the bows to the east. The stern is about 180 metres offshore at high water. About 0.6 metres of the stern post can be seen above water at low tide. The wreck is very well broken up

Report taken from a letter from I D Slade, undated.

4 November 1982. The wreckage stands about 3 metres high in a depth of about 4 metres. It is very broken up and extensively salvaged. The position from the sketch plan appears to be 55 26 06N, 005 13 45W.

Source; BSAC Wreck Register.

2 May 1986. The site was not found during investigation. It is presumed to be well broken up and dispersed along the rocky foreshore.

Report by HMS BULLDOG.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

(Classified as iron steamship, in ballast: date of loss cited as 21 January 1932, and former names as Theme, Cultra and Voltante). Glenann: this vessel stranded 300 yards E of the River Lagg, Torlinn Point. Capt. Ferguson.

Registration: Belfast. Built 1884. 140nrt. Length: 48m. Beam: 7m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 26.10 W5 13.80).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Material reported under RoW amnesty (2001):

A2532 1 valve: from seabed.

NMRS, MS/829/35.

Both the location assigned to this record and and the classification cited by Ridley remain unverified,

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 30 March 2005.

(NR92SE 8008) NR 9610 2046 and (NR92SE 8011) NR 953 206. Site identified as part of a coastal zone assessment survey.

M Cressey and S Badger 2005.

Activities

Loss (21 January 1932)

(Classified as iron steamship, in ballast: date of loss cited as 21 January 1932, and former names as Theme, Cultra and Voltante). Glenann: this vessel stranded 300 yards E of the River Lagg, Torlinn Point. Capt. Ferguson.

Registration: Belfast. Built 1884. 140nrt. Length: 48m. Beam: 7m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 26.10 W5 13.80).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Evidence Of Loss (1984)

(Name cited as Glen Arran: classified as trawler).

[Location drawing].

G Ridley 1984.

Evidence Of Loss (1987)

GLENAAN [sic]. Wreckage is very broken up and consists of stern post, iron propeller and shaft, engine parts, plates, frames and condenser tubing, sections standing 3 metres from the seabed.

The source includes a sketch to aid in locating the wreck.

Source: Butland & Siedlecki, BSAC Wreck Register 1987.

Evidence Of Loss (1995)

Quality of fix = PA

Horizontal Datum = OGB

General water depth = 4

Orientation of keel/wreck = EW

Circumstances of Loss Details

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The GLENAAN ran aground on Bennan Head, Arran, in thick fog and rain. Most of the cargo was recovered. Salvage attempts failed.

Surveying Details

-----------------------------

7 May 1976. There is still a fair amount of well broken up wreckage.

Report taken from a letter from T A Slade dated 1 May 1976.

18 May 1976. The wreck lies at right angles to the reef, with the bows to the east. The stern is about 180 metres offshore at high water. About 0.6 metres of the stern post can be seen above water at low tide. The wreck is very well broken up

Report taken from a letter from I D Slade, undated.

4 November 1982. The wreckage stands about 3 metres high in a depth of about 4 metres. It is very broken up and extensively salvaged. The position from the sketch plan appears to be 55 26 06N, 005 13 45W.

Source; BSAC Wreck Register.

2 May 1986. The site was not found during investigation. It is presumed to be well broken up and dispersed along the rocky foreshore.

Report by HMS BULLDOG.

Hydrographic Office, 1995.

Evidence Of Loss (2001)

Material reported under RoW amnesty (2001):

A2532 1 valve: from seabed.

NMRS, MS/829/35.

Note (30 March 2005)

Both the location assigned to this record and and the classification cited by Ridley remain unverified,

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 30 March 2005.

External Reference (2005)

(NR92SE 8008) NR 9610 2046 and (NR92SE 8011) NR 953 206. Site identified as part of a coastal zone assessment survey.

M Cressey and S Badger 2005.

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 6678

Name : GLENANN (EX. THEME, CULTRA, ...)

Latitude : 552606

Longitude : 51348

Date Built : 1884

Registration : BELFAST

Type : SS (IRON)

Tonnage : 140

Tonnage Code : N

Length : 48

Beam : 7

Draught : 3m

Loss Day : 21

Loss Month : 1

Loss Year : 1932

Comment : Stranded 300 yards east of River Lagg, Torlinn Point. Capt. Ferguson

Cargo : BALLAST

Reference (19 April 2012)

UKHO Identifier : 003914

Feature Class : Wreck

State : DEAD

Classification : Unclassified

Position (Lat/long) : 55.43500,-5.22333

Horizontal Datum : ORDNANCE SURVEY OF GREAT BRITAIN (1936)

WGS84 Position (Lat/long) : 55.43498,-5.22445

WGS84 Origin : 3-D Cartesian Shift (BW)

Position Quality : Unreliable

Depth Quality : Depth unknown

Water Depth : 1

Vertical Datum : Lowest Astronomical Tide

Name : GLENAAN (PROBABLY)

Type : SS

Flag : BRITISH

Orientation : 90.0

Tonnage : 332

Tonnage Type : Gross

Date Sunk : 21/01/1932

Bottom Texture : Rock

Contact Description : Notable debris

Original Sensor : Reported Sinking

Original Detection Year : 1932

Original Source : Other

Circumstances of Loss : **RAN AGROUND IN THICK FOG AND RAIN. MOST OF CARGO RECOVERED. SALVAGE ATTEMPTS FAILED.

Surveying Details : **GROUNDING POSN GIVEN AS 552606N, 051324W, ASHORE ON BENNAN HEAD, SOUTH ARRAN. (AUTHORITY NOT STATED).

**H5250/68 17.7.68 NOT INVESTIGATED (HMS MERMAID, ROS 1.3.68).

**H1284/76/155 7.5.76 THERE IS STILL A FAIR AMOUNT OF WELL BROKEN UP WRECKAGE. (T A SLADE, LTR DTD 1.5.76).

**H1284/76/155-18.5.76 WK LIES AT RIGHT ANGLES TO REEF, WITH BOWS EAST, STERN ABOUT 200YDS OFFSHORE AT HW. ABOUT 2FT OF STERN POST CAN BE SEEN ABOVE WATER AT LOW TIDE. VERY WELL BROKEN UP. (I D SLADE, UNDATED LTR).

**H1310/80/34 GROUNDING POSN GIVEN AS 552545N, 051324W. (D JOHNSTON, LTR DTD 24.10.80).

**4.11.82 WRECKAGE STANDS ABOUT 3MTRS HIGH IN DEPTH OF ABOUT 4MTRS. V BROKEN UP & EXTENSIVELY SALVAGED. POSN (FROM ROUGH SKETCH) APPEARS TO BE 552606N, 051345W. (BSAC WK REGISTER).

**H2885/83 2.5.86 NOT FOUND DURING INVESTIGATION BY SMB. PRESUMED TO BE WELL BROKEN UP AND DISPERSED ALONG ROCKY FORESHORE. (HMS BULLDOG, HI 165B). NCA.

Charting Comments : POSN FOR FILING ONLY

Date Last Amended : 15/03/2006

Desk Based Assessment (28 November 2014)

The Glenann is recorded as having been built by Mcllwaine Lewis & Co, Belfast (Moir and Crawford 2004: 102).

Information from Sally Evans (Cotswold Archaeology), 28/11/2014.

Project (October 2014 - April 2015)

The maritime archaeology of the Clyde has been identified as a focus for a major study of human interaction with the river through time by the RCAHMS following on from recommendations by the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). Source to

Sea has been developed as the long-term research programme, of which the research into human connections with the River Clyde forms part. This project has comprised a study of the surviving shipwreck heritage of Clyde-built vessels lost within the Clyde estuary and Firth of Clyde.

This project has collated information from a range of sources and has enhanced knowledge of Clyde-built wrecks within the Clyde. In particular information from recreational divers has proved invaluable and has been the source of detailed information about the current condition of many Clyde-built wrecks, useful for on-going management. A number of wrecks previously recorded as of unknown identity in the RCAHMS database were positively identified during the project and more accurate positional information was established for a number of other wrecks. Additionally, the project identified a potentially significant wreck (Margaret Niven) the remains of which were not previously recorded. This project has also identified a number of other potentially significant wrecks within the Clyde, which reflect both its unique contributions to world-wide shipbuilding and local connections. These wrecks include paddle steamers (Lapwing and Princess of Wales), Clyde Puffers (e.g. Margaret Niven), steam-yachts with military connections (HMS Breda), a dredger (Greenock) and an 18th-century West Indiaman (Lady Margaret). Numerous other wrecks have been identified by this project, and all display some degree of significance.

Information from Sally Evans (Cotswold Archaeology) April 2015

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