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City of Brussels

Place Name : Liverpool Bay

Lat / Long : 53 ° 33 ' 51 '' North - 3 ° 32' 30'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : DECCA
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Type : Passenger ferry Built : 1869  
Shipyard : Tod & McGregor, Glasgow
Hull material : steel  
Size : 3775 tonnes Length : 130 m Beam : 13.3 m
Sunk : 1883/01/07 Cause : collision in thick fog with "Kirby Hall" Date Found :
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 17 m 0 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 24 m 0 m
Orientation : W Lying : Upright Condition : Extensive breakup
Seabed Type : Sand
Artifacts : various
Wreck Owner
Owner : Original owners were Inman Line
Access : unknown
War Grave : Unknown Protected :
Restrictions :
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
0 - hours 0 - minutes - - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
New Brighton. Permission/permit to launch required. These are obtainable FOC from Wirral Borough Council, Leisure Services Dept, Birkenhead. Care is needed when navigating in Liverpool Bay. Many large ships operate in and out of the port of Liverpool and a radar reflector is strongly recommended. Also sea conditions can change very rapidly in the open expanse of water. The Bay is fai rly shallow and steep seas can be experienced. Also care should be taken at low water as sections of the Queens Channel Training Wall dry or are awash. Strong tidal movements abound in Liverpool Bay. A call Liverpool coastguard is a must if small boats venture out of the Mersey. "City of Brussels" is 19 nautical miles out from New Brighton and thus ample fuel should be taken on to make the tri p there and back
Notes :

Built 1869 @ Glasgow by Tod & McGregor. Owned by Inman Line. 390'x 40.2'x 27.1'. Triple expansion engines 359nhp. Re-engined in 1876 with 4 cylinder compound-engine and a second funnel was added along with a promenade-deck. Held fastest Atlantic crossing for 3months. On Jan 7th, 1883, the ship was inbound from New York to Liverpool with 167 persons on board of whom 20 were cabin passenge rs, 50 steerage and 97 crew, Captain Land being in charge. When abreast of Great Orme the weather turned to thick fog and her speed was reduced to dead-slow and she then finally stopped. At 5.30 another ship's siren was heard but before any response was possible she was struck on the starboard bow by the Kirby Hall. Boats were lowered from both vessels and 10 lives were lost; 8 crew + 2 passeng ers. Kirby Hall was on her maiden voyage to India. Dive details: 24mts seabed, 17mts to top of wreck. Highest part of wreck is the counter-stern to the east. Engine sections, etc. to the West. Wreck has been subjected to dispersal by explosives by Mersey Docks & Harbour Co.

References :
Wrecks of Liverpool BaY - see Underwater Bookshop
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