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Henry Porcher: Pennyland, Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Barque (19th Century)

Site Name Henry Porcher: Pennyland, Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth

Classification Barque (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Scrabster; North Sea; Henry Porcher

Canmore ID 284178

Site Number ND16NW 8051

NGR ND 108 692

NGR Description ND c. 108 692

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 8051 c. 108 692

N58 36.1 W3 32.1

NLO: Thurso [name: ND 115 687]

Thurso Bay [name centred ND 115 699]

Pennyland [name centred ND 107 687]

Scrabster [name: ND 102 702]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet ND17SW.

See also ND17SW 8039.

Wick, 8th Oct. The HENRY PORCHER, of Grangemouth, (late Simpson, who committed suicide on the voyage) from Quebec, was driven on shore on the rocks at Pennyland on the 7th Oct., has her main and mizenmasts cut away, & will become a total wreck: the cargo (timber) will be almost saved. The SAUCY JACK (sloop) of Thurso, with coals, was stranded on the Island below Scrabster House on the same day: it is doubtful whether she can be got off.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 13,892, London, Tuesday October 12 1858.

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 9558).

(Classified as barque, with cargo of timber: date of loss of loss cited as 7 October 1858). Henry Porcher: this vessel stranded on rocks at Pennyland, Pentland Firth. Registration: Grangemouth. 485 tons register.

Registration: Liverpool. Built 1844. 148 [tons unspecified].

(Location of loss cited as N58 36.08 W3 31.75).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative.

The classification cited by Whittaker remains unverified, but is accepted.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 3 November 2006.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 5182


Latitude : 583605

Longitude : 33145

Registration : GRANGEMOUTH


Tonnage : 485

Tonnage Code : R

Loss Day : 7

Loss Month : 10

Loss Year : 1858

Comment : Stranded on rocks at Pennyland, Pentland Firth

Cargo : TIMBER


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