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Sir William Wallace: Pentland Firth

Brig (19th Century)

Site Name Sir William Wallace: Pentland Firth

Classification Brig (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) North Sea; Atlantic; Sir William Wallace

Canmore ID 259740

Site Number ND37NW 8080

NGR ND 32 76

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

ND37NW 8080 unlocated

NLO: Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Not to be confused with ND16NE 8012.

Possibly within Maritime - Orkney.

Greenock, 9th Sept. 'The SIR WILLIAM WALLACE, Cairns, from St. Petersburg to Liverpool, is reported to have been totally lost in the Pentland Firth, 23rd ult., and only one of the crew saved.'

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 9205, London, Monday September 11 1843.

NMRS, MS/829/71 (no. 7793).

(Classified as brig: no cargo specified, but date of loss cited as 23 August 1843). Sir William Wallace; this vessel was lost in the Pentland Firth. Capt. Cairns.

Registration: Aberdeen. Built 1824. 321 tons burthern. Length: 30m. Beam: 8m.

(Location of loss cited as N58 40.0 W3 10.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The map sheet assigned to this record is essentially arbitrary. The vessel may have been lost within the quasi-administrative area that is defined as Maritime - Orkney.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 10 June 2004.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 14275


Latitude : 584000

Longitude : 31000

Date Built : 1824

Registration : ABERDEEN

Type : BRIG

Tonnage : 321

Tonnage Code : B

Length : 30

Beam : 8

Loss Day : 23

Loss Month : 8

Loss Year : 1843

Comment : Lost in the Pentland Firth. Capt. Cairns


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