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Dalkeith: Balnakiel Bay, Atlantic

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Dalkeith: Balnakiel Bay, Atlantic

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Cape Wrath; Durness; Pentland Firth; Scrabster Roads; Dalkeith

Canmore ID 260623

Site Number NC36NE 8002

NGR NC 38 69

NGR Description NC c. 38 69

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

NC36NE 8002 c. 38 69

N58 35 W4 47

NLO: Scrabster [name: ND 102 702]

Balnakiel Bay [name centred NC 382 695]

Cape Wrath [name: NC 256 750]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81]

Kyle of Durness [name centred NC 37 65].

Possibly on map sheet NC37SE.

Thurso, 18th Feb., the DALKEITH (schr.), of Inverness, Martin, bound to Stornoway, with coal, has become a total wreck in Balnakiel bay, on the West coast. The vessel lay in Scrabter [Scrabster] roads about three months, and after putting to sea sprung a leak. When run ashore she had six feet of water in her hold, and was quite unmanageable: crew saved.

Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 18,670, London, Saturday February 21 1874.

See record for the ANTELOPE.

NMRS, MS/829/70 (no. 4064).

(Classified as wooden schooner, with cargo of coal: date of loss cited as 18 February 1874). Dalkeith: this vessel was wrecked in Balnakiel Bay. Capt. Martin. (Scrabster Roads?).

Registration: Inverness. Built 1835. 87grt. Length: 21m. Beam: 5m.

(Location of loss cited as N58 35.0 W34 46.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. A location of loss in Balnakiel Bay is preferred over one in Scrabster Roads.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 12 January 2005.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 767


Latitude : 583500

Longitude : 44600

Date Built : 1835

Registration : INVERNESS


Tonnage : 87

Tonnage Code : G

Length : 21

Beam : 5

Loss Day : 18

Loss Month : 2

Loss Year : 1874

Comment : Wrecked in Balnakeil Bay. Capt. Martin (Scrabster Roads ?)

Cargo : COAL


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