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Plough: Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Sloop (19th Century)

Site Name Plough: Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Classification Sloop (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) North Sea; Plough

Canmore ID 272895

Site Number ND16NW 8043

NGR ND 11 69

NGR Description ND c. 11 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

ND16NW 8043 c. 11 69

N58 36 W3 32

NLO: Thurso [name: ND 115 687]

Thurso Bay [name centred ND 115 699]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet ND17SW.

See also ND16NW 8044 and ND16NW 8045.

Thurso, 11th Oct. 'The PLOUGH, from Bangor to Newcastle, is on shore to the Westward a wreck. The crew, except one, saved. The ISABELLA, of Belfast, for Dublin, is on shore near the former, and is also a wreck. The crew, and from 15 to 20 barrels of herrings saved. The OCEAN, from Quebec to Newcastle, is at anchor off Dunnet, water-logged and deserted by the crew.'

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 7099, London, Friday October 16 1835.

Thurso, 14th Oct. 'The ISABELLA, of Belfast: the PLOUGH, from Bangor, and the OCEAN from Quebec to Newcastle, are total wrecks: the hull of the former, and 19 barrels of herrings, saved, have been sold. The PLOUGH and cargo will be sold tomorrow: and the OCEAN is in a very bad state, and much exposed to the weather and rocks: the vessel is all in pieces.'

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 7100, London, Tuesday October 20 1835.

NMRS, MS/829/71 (no. 7098).

(Classified as sloop, with cargo of slates: date of loss cited as 4 October 1835). Plough: this vessel stranded in Thurso Bay. Capt. McNaughton.

Registration: Perth. Built 1823. 68 tons burthern. Length: 16m. Beam: 5m.

(Location of loss cited as N58 36.0 W3 31.5).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

The classification, cargo and location of loss cited by Whittaker remain unverified.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 21 June 2005.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 9890


Latitude : 583600

Longitude : 33130

Date Built : 1823

Registration : PERTH

Type : SLOOP

Tonnage : 68

Tonnage Code : B

Length : 16

Beam : 5

Loss Day : 4

Loss Month : 10

Loss Year : 1835

Comment : Stranded in Thurso Bay. Capt. McNaughton.

Cargo : SLATES


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