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L J W. Gossel: Keiss, Sinclair's Bay, North Sea

Craft (19th Century)

Site Name L J W. Gossel: Keiss, Sinclair's Bay, North Sea

Classification Craft (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) L. J. W. Gossel; Keiss Bay; Wick; Pentland Firth

Canmore ID 265854

Site Number ND36SE 8021


NGR Description Unlocated



Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND36SE 8021 unlocated

NLO: Keiss [name: ND 347 612]

Keiss Castle [name: ND 356 617]

Wick [name: ND 362 508]

Sinclair's Bay [name centred ND 37 56]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheets or ND36SW.

See also ND36SE 8019 and ND36SE 8021.

Wick, 3rd Nov., two boards about five feet long, each marked "ANTON-WICHARD", in gilt letters, six inches long, have come ashore at Keiss. When found, they were tied together, and had a piece of black cloth between them. A small board, with "L. J. W. GOSSEL, Wismar", cut on it in German letters, has also been picked up at the same place. A man's hand, having part of the arm attached, has also washed up at Keiss: it has an anchor tattooed on the back of it, and part of a shirt sleeve buttoned round the wrist. [Record received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/70 (no. 4305).

The map sheet and quasi-administrative area assigned to this record are arbitrary, being derived from the reported location of discovery of wreckage. The vessel presumably foundered out at sea, possibly beyond Scottish waters.

Kiess or Keiss Bay is not noted as such on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map.

The loss of this vessel is not cited by I G Whittaker (1998).

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 25 September 2004.


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