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Abbey: Traigh Mhachir, Kilchoman, Islay

Paddle Steamer (Post Medieval) (1822)

Site Name Abbey: Traigh Mhachir, Kilchoman, Islay

Classification Paddle Steamer (Post Medieval) (1822)

Alternative Name(s) Machir Bay

Canmore ID 222301

Site Number NR26SW 8020

NGR NR 2014 6271

NGR Description NR c. 203 632

Datum OSGB36 - Lat/Long

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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Maritime - Argyll And Bute
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

NR26SW 8004 c. 2057 6323

N55 46.9 W6 27.7

NLO: Machir Bay [name centred NR 197 626]

Traigh Mhachir [name centred NR 203 630]

Kilchoman [name: NR 217 633].

Formerly also entered as NR26SW 8018 and also (in error) as NR36SW 9112 and NR36SW 8004 at cited location NR 3217 6199 [N55 46.6 W6 16.3].

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Construction (1822)

The paddle steamer, Abbey, was built by Grayson & Leadley, Liverpool in 1822. With 89 net register tonnage the vessel measured 76ft by 17 feet by 7.5ft and had 60hp engines by Dove & Co.

Loss (30 March 1839)

Carrying a general cargo, the paddle steamer, Abbey, developed leaks during a voyage from Newcastle to Liverpool. Captain Pugh ran the vessel on shore near Kilchoman in Machir Bay, Islay on 30 March 1839. The loss of The Abbey was reported in Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser - Thursday 11 April 1839.

Note (1 July 2021)

According to local information, the wreckage at Traigh Mhachir, Kilchoman is that of a wooden paddle steamer, The Abbey. This vessel was built by Grayson & Leadley, Liverpool in 1822. With 89 net register tonnage the vessel measured 76ft by 17 feet by 7.5ft and had 60hp engines by Dove & Co.

Originally owned by Tranmere Ferry (Mersey), the paddle steamer was subsequently owned at Wexford from 1834 and then at Newcastle from 1837.

Carrying a general cargo, the paddle steamer developed leaks during a voyage from Newcastle to Liverpool. Captain Pugh ran the vessel on shore near Kilchoman in Machir Bay, Islay on 30 March 1839. The loss of The Abbey was reported in Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser - Thursday 11 April 1839.

The vessel subsequently broke up and some wreckage is still visible below the high tide line, at 55°46.89N [?], 6°27.49W. Local information is that this wreckage is of a paddle steamer with square boiler, lost 1840s.

Information from Christopher Michael (University of Liverpool) 1 July 2021.

http://shippingandshipbuilding.uk/view.php?220052

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