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Minerva: Atlantic

Schooner (19th Century)

Site Name Minerva: Atlantic

Classification Schooner (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'East Of Cape Wrath'; Sandwood; Butt Of Lewis; Pentland Firth; Minerva

Canmore ID 284333

Site Number NC27SE 8004

NGR NC 264 744

NGR Description NC c. 264 744

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

NC27SE 8004 c. 264 744

N58 37.4 W4 59.4

NLO: Cape Wrath [name: NC 256 750]

Sandwood [name: NC 220 641]

Butt of Lewis [name: NB 519 665]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Location formerly entered as NC c. 26 74 [N58 37 W4 60].

Sandwood, near Cape Wrath, 30th Dec. A vessel has driven ashore on the rocks East of Cape Wrath, and some barrels of Archangel tar have drifted ashore: nothing known of the crew.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 13,962, London, Monday January 3 1859.

Karvack (Cape Wrath), 21st Dec [1858]. A derelict schooner of about 100 tons, hull black with a red stripe, laden with tar, and a deckload of spars, drove ashore near this place from the N.W. during the afternoon of 29th Dec., and went to pieces.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 13,965, London, Thursday January 6 1859.

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 9602).

(Classified as schooner, with cargo of tar and timber: date of loss cited as 29 December 1858). Minerva: this vessel was wrecked E of Cape Wrath after being abandoned off the Butt of Lewis. Registration: Cork.

(Location of loss cited as N58 37.5 W4 59.0).

I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative, being derived from the unverified location that is cited by Whittaker. Cape Wrath Lighthouse (NC27SE 3.00) is at NC 25955 74735.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 7 November 2006.


Reference (2011)

Whittaker ID : 5209


Latitude : 583730

Longitude : 45900

Registration : CORK


Loss Day : 29

Loss Month : 12

Loss Year : 1858

Comment : Wrecked east of Cape Wrath after being abandoned off Butt of Lewis



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