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Onega: Rabbit Islands, Tongue Bay, Atlantic

Brig (19th Century)

Site Name Onega: Rabbit Islands, Tongue Bay, Atlantic

Classification Brig (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'Bar Of The Kyle Of Tongue'; Tongue Kyle; 'on The East Side Of Rabbit Island'; Pentland Firth; Onega

Canmore ID 220929

Site Number NC66SW 8008

NGR NC 60 63

NGR Description NC c. 60 63

Datum Datum not recorded


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Maritime - Highland
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NC66SW 8008 c. 60 63

N58 32 W4 24

NLO: Kyle of Tongue [name centred NC 58 58]

Tongue Bay [name centred NC 60 61]

Rabbit Islands [name: NC 60 63]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet NC56NE.

Formerly entered as NC56NE 8001 at cited location NC c. 59 60 [N58 30 W4 25].

Formerly also entered in error as NC66NW 8002.

20 December 1862, ONEGA, 12 yrs old, brig, 203 tons, 10 crew, carrying flour, butter, etc., stranded, total loss, 10 lives lost, wind NNW12, Bar of Kyle of Tongue, Sutherlandshire.

Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1862 (1863 [3216] LXIII.165).

Loch Eribol, 31st Dec. The ONEGA, Fyffe, of and for Dundee, from Montreal, was totally lost with all hands at Tongue Kyle 20th Dec.

Source: LL, No. 15,209, London, Monday, January 5 1863.

Wick, 20th Jan. 192bls. of flour, 25 do (? Ditto) oilcake, 10 kegs of butter, 569 pipestaves, and a quantity of battens, spars, &c., were found on the beach at Kyle of Tongue 12th Jan., and some square timber, battens and spars on Thurso beach on the 13th. [the ONEGA, from Montreal to Dundee, with flour, butter, &c., was wrecked at the Kyle of Tongue 20th Dec.].

Source: Additional Intelligence, LL, No. 15,226, London, Saturday, January 24 [Record received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 2154).

(Classified as brig: no cargo specified but date of loss cited as 19 December 1862). Onega: this vessel stranded on the E side of Rabbit Island, Kyles of Tongue. Capt. Fyfe.

Registration: Dundee. Built 1850. 203grt. Length: 29m. Beam: 7m.

(Location of loss cited as N58 32.33 W4 23.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 2 September 2002.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 1270

Name : ONEGA

Latitude : 583220

Longitude : 42300

Date Built : 1850

Registration : DUNDEE

Type : BRIG

Tonnage : 203

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 29

Beam : 7

Draught : 4m

Position : Position Approximate

Loss Day : 19

Loss Month : 12

Loss Year : 1862

Comment : Stranded on the east side of Rabbit Island, Kyles of Tongue. Capt. Fyfe


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