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Utrecht: Holms Of Ire, Sanday, Orkney, North Sea

Frigate (19th Century)

Site Name Utrecht: Holms Of Ire, Sanday, Orkney, North Sea

Classification Frigate (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Irene; Holm Of Ire; Landward Geo; Sunda Island; North Sound; Utrecht (Ex. Irene)

Canmore ID 223820

Site Number HY64NW 8002

NGR HY 648 463

NGR Description HY c. 648 463

Datum Datum not recorded


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Maritime - Orkney
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

HY64NW 8002 c. 648 463

N59 18.1 W2 37.1

NLO: Holms of Ire [name centred HY 648 463]

The North Sound [name centred HY 57 45]

Sanday [name centred HY 67 40].

See also HY64NW 8004 and HY64NW 8005.

Possibly on map sheet HY64NE.

A Dutch frigate, of 44 guns, was on shore on Sunda [Sanday] Island, Orkneys, 2d instant, and about 500 men had landed from her. Two other frigates [HY64NW 8004 and HY64NW 8005 ] were seen on that coast the following day.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 4135, London, Tuesday March 17 1807.

The UTRECHT Dutch frigate, of 38 guns, from Helvoetfluys, (from whence she sailed 15th ult., in company with two other frigates), was wrecked on the Island of Sanda [Sanday], in the Orkneys, 26th ult. About 100 of the crew drowned: the remainder, (about 350), made prisoners.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 4138, London, Friday March 27 1807.

NMRS, MS/829/70 (no. 5581).

This vessel was lost at Landward Geo [name: HY 649 468].

G Ridley 1992.

(Classified as 38-gun frigate: former name cited as Irene and date of loss as 23 February 1807). Utrecht: this vessel went ashore at Holm [Holms] of Ire, on the NW corner of Sanday. Capt. Costerus. (?74 gun).

Registration: Dutch. Built 1781.

(Location of loss cited as N59 18.5 W2 37.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 8056


Latitude : 591830

Longitude : 23700

Date Built : 1781

Registration : DUTCH


Loss Day : 23

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1807

Comment : Ashore at Holm of Ire, NW corner of Sanday. Capt. Costerus (74-GUN ?)


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