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Margaret: Portskerra, Pentland Firth

Lugger (19th Century)

Site Name Margaret: Portskerra, Pentland Firth

Classification Lugger (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'Seven Miles Off Port Skerray'; North Sea; Margaret

Canmore ID 253836

Site Number NC87NE 8004

NGR NC 88 78

Datum WGS84 - Lat/Long


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC87NE 8004 unlocated

NLO: Portskerra [name: NC 877 657]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet NC87SE.

7th July 1884, MARGARET, age unknown, not registered, wooden lugger, 12 tons, 5 crew. Master and Owner J. Simpson, Thurso. Departed Scrabster for fishing, in ballast. Collided with schooner HARVEST KING of Runcorn. Wind SE5, about 7 miles off Port Skerray [Portskerra], Caithness-shire.

Source: PP Abstracts of Shipping Casualties on Coasts, or in Rivers and Harbours of the UK July 1884-85 (1887 [C.5094] LXXIV.247).

NMRS, MS/829/68 (no. 1980).

(Classified as wooden lugger, in ballast: date of loss cited as 7 July 1884). Margaret: this vessel was in collision and sank about 7 miles off Port Skerray [Portskerra], (Harvest King). Capt. Simpson.

Not registered. 12 tons unspecified.

(location of loss cited as N58 41.0 W3 55.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 27 January 2004.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 3172


Latitude : 584100

Longitude : 35500

Registration : Not Registered


Tonnage : 12

Loss Day : 7

Loss Month : 7

Loss Year : 1884

Comment : Collision and sunk approx 7 mls off Port Skerray (HARVEST KING). Capt. Simpson



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