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Cathcart Park: Soa Island, Passage Of Tiree

Steamship (20th Century)

Site Name Cathcart Park: Soa Island, Passage Of Tiree

Classification Steamship (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Cathcartpark; Sheep Island; Torran Rocks; Rorran Rocks; Sheep Rock; 'near Iona'; Mull; Atlantic; Unknown 1866

Canmore ID 118303

Site Number NM21NW 8001

NGR NM 245 193

NGR Description NM c. 245 193

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

NM21NW 8001 c. 245 193

N56 17.2 W6 27.1

NLO: Soa Island [name: NM 245 193]

Iona [name: NM 27 24]

Torran Rocks [name centred NM 28 13]

Tiree [name centred NM 00 45].

Formerly entered as Site no. 1 at cited location NM 2420 1920 [N56 17 W6 27.4].

Possibly on map shhets NM21NE, or NM21SE.

CATHCART PARK ran on to 'Sheep Island', one of the Torran Rocks near Iona on the morning of Monday last week (15 April 1912). Cargo of salt from Runcorn in Lancashire to Wick. The 11 crew escaped in two boats. Forepart seriously damaged

Source: Oban Times, April 1912.

(Classified as steel steamship, with cargo of salt: date of loss cited as 15 April 1912). Cathcratpark [Cathcart Park]; this vessel stranded on Sheep Rock , Torran Rocks.

Registration: Greenock. Built 1897. 840grt. Length: 63m. Beam: 9m.

(Location of loss cited as N56 14.0 W6 23.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Sheep Island is presumably to be equated with Soa Island, which is situated to the W of the end of the Ross of Mull and to the NW of the widely-dispersed Torran Rocks.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 20 May 2008.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 2742


Latitude : 561400

Longitude : 62300

Date Built : 1897

Registration : GREENOCK

Type : SS (STEEL)

Tonnage : 840

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 63

Beam : 9

Draught : 4m

Loss Day : 15

Loss Month : 4

Loss Year : 1912

Comment : Stranded on Sheep Rock, Torran Rocks.

Cargo : SALT

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 11662

Name : UNKNOWN 1866

Latitude : 561800

Longitude : 62700

Loss Day : 5

Loss Month : 1

Loss Year : 1866

Comment : Disappeared off the west side of Iona

Project (2013 - 2015)

Project SAMPHIRE was designed to bring professional marine archaeological expertise into local maritime communities. The central focus of the project was to record the unique knowledge of maritime cultural heritage sites on the seabed (and intertidal zone) that is held within local communities. This was done through a programme of face-to-face community engagement, allowing knowledge exchange in both directions. The reported sites were then investigated by the SAMPHIRE Project team with the maximum involvement of local community members at every level, including fieldwork and desk-based research. The project aimed to foster a wider understanding of and interest in local maritime heritage and to promote the stewardship of this valuable local resource.


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