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Unity: Claggan Bay, Islay, Atlantic

Smack (20th Century)

Site Name Unity: Claggan Bay, Islay, Atlantic

Classification Smack (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Claggain Bay; Sound Of Islay; Macarthur's Head; Mcarthur's Head

Canmore ID 115209

Site Number NR45SE 8004

NGR NR 463 535

NGR Description NR c. 463 535

Datum Datum not recorded


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NR45SE 8004 c. 463 535

N55 42.5 W6 2.3

NLO: Claggan Bay [name centred NR 467 535]

Islay [name centred NR 38 60]

Sound of Islay [name centred NR 43 71].

Location formerly entered as NR 4650 5340 [N55 42.457 W6 02.148].

UNITY, 12 ton, smack, master McRoy, of Belfast. Bound from Belfast to Islay. Vessel value ?90. No cargo. Crew 3 all saved. Lost 8 Oct 1906, 3am. Claggan Bay (Claggain Bay) 5 miles south of MacArthurs head Lighthouse. Wind south south west.

'Vessel anchored at Claggan Bay. Vessel dragged her anchor & drifted ashore. Likely to become a total wreck'.

[Contemporary] source: Lightkeeper, MacArthurs Head Lighthouse.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

The loss of this vessel is not cited by I G Whittaker (1998), possibly suggesting her successful recovery.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 6 May 2002.


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