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Fraternitas: River Thurso, Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Fraternitas: River Thurso, Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Thurso River; Scrabster Roads; North Sea; Fraternitas

Canmore ID 252876

Site Number ND16NW 8031

NGR ND 122 688

NGR Description ND c. 122 688

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

ND16NW 8031 c. 122 688

N58 36.9 W3 30.7

NLO: Thurso [name: ND 115 687]

Thurso Bay [name centred ND 115 699]

Scrabster [name: ND 102 702]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

10 November 1885, FRATERNITAS, 38 yrs old, registered Denmark, wooden schooner, 136 tons, 6 crew. Master P.E. Sorvin, Owner L. Proserhold, Denmark. Departed Gefle for Thurso carrying wood. Wind S2, stranded entrance to Thurso River, Caithness.

Source: PP Abstracts of Shipping Casualties on Coasts, or in Rivers and Harbours of the UK July 1885-86 (1887 [C.5196] LXXIV.449).

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 1891).

(Classified as wooden schooner, with cargo of wood: date of loss cited as 10 November 1885). Fraternitas: this vessel stranded at the entrance to the Thurso River. Capt. Sorvin.

Registration: Danish. Built 1847. 136 tons [unspecified].

(Location of loss cited as N58 36.0 W3 30.5).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. The River Thurso (Thurso River) enters the SE corner of Thurso Bay through a well-defined mouth.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 15 December 2003.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 3484


Latitude : 583600

Longitude : 33030

Date Built : 1847

Registration : DANISH


Tonnage : 136

Loss Day : 10

Loss Month : 11

Loss Year : 1885

Comment : Stranded entr to Thurso river. Capt. Sorvin

Cargo : WOOD


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