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Glasgow Packet: Gills Bay, Pentland Firth

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Glasgow Packet: Gills Bay, Pentland Firth

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Gillsbay; Duncansby Head; Dunnet Head; North Sea; Glasgow Packet

Canmore ID 273873

Site Number ND37SW 8008

NGR ND 33 73

NGR Description ND c. 33 73

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

ND37SW 8008 c. 33 73

N58 38 W3

NLO: Gills Bay [name centred ND 333 732]

Duncansby Head [name: ND 406 733]

Dunnet Head [name: ND 203 768]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

See also ND47NE 8049.

Dunnet, by Thurso, 13th Dec. The GLASGOW PACKET (schr.), of Wick, Leith, from Stromness to Scrabster, in ballast, came ashore this morning in Gill's Bay during a gale, and was thrown on her beam ends, and will probably become a total wreck.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 14,259, London, Friday December 16 1859.

Wick, 12th Jan. The hull and materials of the GOLDEN EAGLE (Amer. schr.), from Riga to Belfast, which got on the Skerries on the 24th Nov., have been sold: also the hull and materials of the GLASGOW PACKET, Leith, from Stromness to Scrabster, which went on shore in Gills Bay on the 13th Dec.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 14,285, London, Monday January 16 1860.

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 9789).

(Classified as schooner, with cargo of paving: date of loss cited as 13 December 1859). Glasgow Packet: this vessel stranded at Gillsbay [Gills Bay], near Dunnet [?Duncansby] Head. Capt. Leith.

Registration: Wick. Built 1831. 78 nrt.

(Location of loss cited as N58 38.5 W3 9.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 10 August 2005.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 5268


Latitude : 583830

Longitude : 30900

Date Built : 1831

Registration : WICK


Tonnage : 78

Tonnage Code : N

Loss Day : 13

Loss Month : 12

Loss Year : 1859

Comment : Stranded at Gillsbay, near Dunnet Head. Capt. Leith

Cargo : PAVING


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