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Pioneer: Ackergill, Sinclair's Bay, North Sea

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Pioneer: Ackergill, Sinclair's Bay, North Sea

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Sinclair Bay; Ackergill Lifeboat House; Pioneer

Canmore ID 253854

Site Number ND35SE 8068

NGR ND 35 54

NGR Description ND c. 35 54

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

ND35SE 8068 c. 35 54

N58 28 W3 7

NLO: Sinclair's Bay [name centred ND 37 56]

Ackergill Links [name centred ND 342 565]

Ackergill Tower [name: ND 3528 5466]

Ackergillshore [name: ND 358 544].

Possibly on map sheets or ND35SW.

Formerly entered as ND35NE 8017 (unlocated).

22nd February 1885, PIONEER, 17 yrs old, registered Banff, wooden schooner, 86 tons, 4 crew. Master and Owner J. Smith, Portsoy, Banffshire. Departed W. Hartlepool for Cullen, Banffshire, carrying coal and cement. Two lives lost. Wind SSW7. Sinclair [Sinclair's] Bay, Caithness.

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. 1994).

(Classified as schooner, with cargo of cement and coal: date of loss cited as 21 February 1885). Pioneer: this vessel stranded near Ackergill lifeboat house. Capt. Smith. Wick registered? Registration: Banff.

(Location of loss cited as N58 28.67 W3 6.00).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary. Ackergillshore lifeboat house (ND35SE 75) is at ND 3586 5448, and Ackergill Tower (ND35SE 16.00) is at ND 3528 5466.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 27 January 2004.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 10743


Latitude : 582840

Longitude : 30600

Registration : BANFF


Loss Day : 21

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1885

Comment : Stranded near Ackergill L/B House. Capt. Smith (WICK reg?)



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