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Victorian yacht wreck

In late July 2011 I spotted an interesting wreck while analysing sonar imagery from the bathymetric survey I had conducted the previous day near Oughterard on Lough Corrib. I sent the images to the Underwater Archaeological Unit and the National Museum of Ireland to see if they could identify it.

 

There was quite a lot of excitement - the team arrived in mid August (Sunday 21st) and dived on the wreck, taking photos, making videos and collecting samples of nails and rigging.

 

While we were all hoping for something a little more "historic" the wreck turned out to be that of a beautifully constructed late Victorian pleasure yacht, the kind used for racing on the lake in the late 1800's and early 1900's. There is a picture of a similar yacht on p58 of the book "Reflections on Lough Corrib" by Maurice Semple.

 

The sidescan sonar data determined that she was approx 32ft long - accurate measurements underwater revealed exactly that - 32ft (9.8m). She would have had a bowsprit, making her even longer, this was missing, but the fittings for it are very clear on the imagery.

 

She also had a long overhanging stern, a vertical stempost, and a beautifully shaped carvel built hull with a lined cockpit.

 

The correlation between the high resolution sidescan imagery, and what was actually found, is remarkable.

 

More sidescan imagery, including latest Corrib wreck finds can be seen here

 

The wreck is now protected. A licence is required to dive it.

Capt Edward William Anketell-Jones was born in 1864 in Sussex but moved to Ireland as a child. He attended St Columbas College and later joined the Army. After his early retirement in1894 from a military career in the East Yorkshire Regiment  he  became a Justice of the Peace for Galway, a fisherman and conservationist. The census have him  listed as living at Inishanbo in both 1901 and 1911. He died in 1933 and is buried in Glann.

The wreck lies 50 meters in front of the  slipway on the island, in about 20ft of water. It would very probably have sunk (or been sunk)  at its mooring, and the Captain is certainly the most likely of the owners of Inishanbo to have owned the vessel.
The history of Inishanbo is nicely documented on the Oughterard Heritage website
Lengthways scan - uncorrected for speed compression . T Northage
By: Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By:Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By:Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By:Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By:Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By:Jimmy Lenehan, Underwater Archaeology Unit
By: Connie Kelleher, Underwater Archaeology Unit