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Colonial Empire: Coull, Islay, Atlantic

Barque (19th Century)

Site Name Colonial Empire: Coull, Islay, Atlantic

Classification Barque (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Empire; 'north Of Machrie Bay'; Machir Bay; Portaskaig; Port Askaig; Coul; Tory Island; North Channel; Colonial Empire

Canmore ID 119166

Site Number NR16SE 8008

NGR NR 18 64

NGR Description NR c. 18 64

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

NR16SE 8008 c. 18 64

N55 47 W6 30

NLO: Machir Bay [name centred NR 187 626]

Coul Point [name: NR 188 644]

Port Askaig [name: NR 431 693].

Formerly entered as Site no. 9417 at cited location NR 1999 6347 (N55 47 W6 28).

Possibly on map sheet NR16NE.

Portaskaig [Port Askaig], Feb. 2, 7.55 p.m., barque, no name, no crew, and apparently no cargo, ashore at Coul, west of Islay: total wreck strewn on shore in gullies. People will not save for salvage.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,521, London, Tuesday February 3 1880.

Castletown, Scotland, Feb. 2, 6.55 p.m., ship EMPIRE, of Aberdeen, Captain Symes, Liverpool for Pensacola (ballast), sprung a leak off Tory Island and became waterlogged: crew abandoned her in their own boats, and were picked up by Liverpool ship COLLARS LEITH and landed yesterday at Pentland Firth.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,521, London, Tuesday February 3 1880.

Erratum, the vessel abandoned off Tory Island was probably the COLONIAL EMPIRE, from Liverpool for Pensacola, and not the EMPIRE, as reported in yesterday's List.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,522, London, Wednesday February 4 1880.

Portaskaig [Port Askaig] (Islay), Feb. 4, 11 a.m., a lifebuoy and leaves of logbook, marked "COLONIAL EMPIRE, of Aberdeen", found amongst the wreck of vessel at Coul, Islay: also handkerchief marked "W. N. Gulher" and trunk-lid "Mrs [Report received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/70 (no. 4938).

(Classified as wooden barque, in ballast: date of loss cited as 1 February 1880). Colonial Empire: this vessel stranded North of Machrie [Machir] Bay, [on the] West side of Islay. Capt. Symmers.

Registration: Aberdeen. Built 1861. 1304grt. Length: 60m. Beam: 12m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 47.00 W6 29.00).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Coull Farm (NR26SW 95) lies inland, at NR 20029 64638.

The loss of this vessel may have occurred within the area of map sheet map sheet NR16NE.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 3 November 2004.

Activities

Loss (1 February 1880)

Portaskaig [Port Askaig], Feb. 2, 7.55 p.m., barque, no name, no crew, and apparently no cargo, ashore at Coul, west of Islay: total wreck strewn on shore in gullies. People will not save for salvage.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,521, London, Tuesday February 3 1880.

Castletown, Scotland, Feb. 2, 6.55 p.m., ship EMPIRE, of Aberdeen, Captain Symes, Liverpool for Pensacola (ballast), sprung a leak off Tory Island and became waterlogged: crew abandoned her in their own boats, and were picked up by Liverpool ship COLLARS LEITH and landed yesterday at Pentland Firth.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,521, London, Tuesday February 3 1880.

Erratum, the vessel abandoned off Tory Island was probably the COLONIAL EMPIRE, from Liverpool for Pensacola, and not the EMPIRE, as reported in yesterday's List.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 20,522, London, Wednesday February 4 1880.

Portaskaig [Port Askaig] (Islay), Feb. 4, 11 a.m., a lifebuoy and leaves of logbook, marked "COLONIAL EMPIRE, of Aberdeen", found amongst the wreck of vessel at Coul, Islay: also handkerchief marked "W. N. Gulher" and trunk-lid "Mrs [Report received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/70 (no. 4938).

(Classified as wooden barque, in ballast: date of loss cited as 1 February 1880). Colonial Empire: this vessel stranded North of Machrie [Machir] Bay, [on the] West side of Islay. Capt. Symmers.

Registration: Aberdeen. Built 1861. 1304grt. Length: 60m. Beam: 12m.

(Location of loss cited as N55 47.00 W6 29.00).

I G Whittaker 1998.

Note (3 November 2004)

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Coull Farm (NR26SW 95) lies inland, at NR 20029 64638.

The loss of this vessel may have occurred within the area of map sheet map sheet NR16NE.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 3 November 2004.

Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 5828

Name : COLONIAL EMPIRE

Latitude : 554700

Longitude : 62900

Date Built : 1861

Registration : ABERDEEN

Type : BARQUE (WOOD)

Tonnage : 1304

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 60

Beam : 12

Loss Day : 1

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1880

Comment : Stranded N of Machrie Bay, west side of Islay. Capt. Symmers

Cargo : BALLAST

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