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Spanker: An T-ob, Harris, Atlantic

Ketch (19th Century)

Site Name Spanker: An T-ob, Harris, Atlantic

Classification Ketch (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Sy 823; Obb Bay; Obbe Bay; Caolas Na Hearadh; Sound Of Harris; Spanker (Sy 823)

Canmore ID 214131

Site Number NG08NW 8004

NGR NG 01 86

NGR Description NG c. 01 86

Datum Datum not recorded


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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

NG08NW 8004 c. 01 86

N57 46 W7 2

NLO: An t-Ob [name centred NG 018 864]

Caolas na Hearadh (Sound of Harris): name centred NF 96 81.

Possibly on map sheet NG09SW.

Formerly entered as NG09SW 8001 (unlocated).

13 January 1890. SPANKER. 31 years of Stornoway. Wood trading ketch. 39 ton. 4 men. Master A.J. Kerr. Owner M. McLean, Stornoway. Stornoway to Carloway. Cured herrings. Wind S10. Obbe Bay, South Harris.

Source: PP Abstracts of Shipping Casualties on Coasts, or in Rivers and Harbours of the UK July 1889-90 (1890-91 [C.6468] LXXVI.485).

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 1522).

(Classified as wooden ketch, with cargo of cured herring: registration number cited as SY 823, and date of loss as 13 January 1890). Spanker: this vessel stranded at Obbe Bay, Harris. Capt. Kerr.

Registration: Stornoway. Built 1859. 39grt. Length: 18m. Beam: 5m.

(Location of loss cited as N57 46.33 W7 1.50).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary. Obb Bay cannot be identified from the available map evidence and the stranding is placed in the area suggested by Larn and Larn. The village on An t-Ob is centred around NG 017 863 and Whittaker cites 'Obbe Bay' (in this area) as a possible location.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 24 April 2002.

R and B Larn 1998; I G Whittaker 1998.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 4175

Name : SPANKER (SY 823)

Latitude : 574620

Longitude : 70130

Date Built : 1859

Registration : STORNOWAY


Tonnage : 39

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 18

Beam : 5

Loss Day : 13

Loss Month : 1

Loss Year : 1890

Comment : Stranded Obbe Bay, Harris. Capt. Kerr



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