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Shamrock: Talmine Bay, Tongue Bay, Atlantic

Sloop (19th Century)

Site Name Shamrock: Talmine Bay, Tongue Bay, Atlantic

Classification Sloop (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Talmin Bay; Kyle Of Tongue; Cape Wrath; 'off Rabbit Island'; Rabbit Islands; Pentland Firth; Shamrock

Canmore ID 220931

Site Number NC56SE 8002

NGR NC 587 629

NGR Description NC c. 587 629

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

NC56SE 8002 c. 587 629

N58 31.9 W4 25.6

NLO: Talmine [name: NC 584 629]

Talmine Island [name: NC 591 624]

Tongue Bay [name centred NC 606 615]

Kyle of Tongue [name centred NC 58 58]

Cape Wrath [name: NC 256 750]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

26 November 1865, SHAMROCK, sloop, 15 tons, 2 crew, departed Thurso for Tongue carrying meal etc., and 1 passenger, stranded, total loss, 1 life lost, wind N9, Talmin [Talmine] Bay, Sutherlandshire.

Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1865 (1866 [3716] LXV.507).

SHAMROCK, 29th Nov. The SHAMROCK went down off Rabbit Island, on the North coast, 25th Nov.: one man drowned.

Source: LL, No. 16,114, London, Saturday, December 2 1865.

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 2227).

(No classification specified: cargo cited as meal, and date of loss as 25 November 1865). Shamrock: this vessel foundered off Rabbit Island. Capt. Gow. Registration: Wick. 51nrt.

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

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Talmine Bay is not noted on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map but the name presumably applies to the well-defined indentation to the NW of Talmine Island and in front of Talmine village. The area is situated on the W side of Tongue Bay and to the N of the Kyle of Tongue.

Whittaker locates the loss 'off Rabbit Island' [Rabbit Islands: centred NC 605 635]. This remains unconfirmed.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 2 September 2002.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 11636


Latitude : 583220

Longitude : 42300

Registration : WICK

Tonnage : 51

Tonnage Code : N

Loss Day : 25

Loss Month : 11

Loss Year : 1865

Comment : Foundered off Rabbit Island. Capt. Gow

Cargo : MEAL


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