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Dakota
Location  

Place Name : East Mouse Island, Anglesey

Lat / Long : 0 ° 0 ' 0 '' - - 0 ° 0' 0'' - System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 445940 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : single screw steamship Built :  
Shipyard : Palmers & Co. Liverpool
Hull material : iron  
Dimensions
Size : 4332 tonnes Length : 133 m Beam : 14.4 m
History
Sunk : 1877/05/09 Cause : ran aground Date Found : 1970
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 7 m 0 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 19 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
Artifacts : crockery, cutlery, bottles of wine, cognac
Wreck Owner
Owner : Original owners Liverpool & Great Western Steam Navigation Co.
Access : Public
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : unknown
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
2 - hours 30 - minutes - - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Easy launching at all states of the tide at Bull Bay to the west of the wreck site. Distance to site approx. 1 mile.
Notes :

Engines: 3 cylinder compound, one H.P. cyl. + 2 L.P.cyls. 900 rated horsepower Launched: 1874 by Palmers & Co. (Guion Line) Owned by Liverpool & Great Western Steam Navigation Co. Max. designed speed 14 kts. Cargo: 1800 tons general 218 passengers & 109 crew. En route: Liverpool to Boston USA. \"Dakota\" and her sister ship \"Montana\" were experimental ships built with a view to securin g the Blue Riband of the Atlantic. The engines were of an unusual design and the hulls were constructed with a \"tumble home\" similar to that which distinguished the old wooden line-of-battleship. The vessels failed to achieve success either as record breakers or as good passenger ships, and their ultimate loss was more of benefit to the owners. By a strange coincidence, the ship struck at a poi nt not many miles where the \"Montana\" was to founder three years later (\"Montana\"was towed clear). \"Dakota\" left Liverpool on evening of the 9th under Capt.Price. At 9.30pm, when abreast of Point Lynas, the captain gave the order to \'port the helm\'. This order was misinterpreted and the ship was steered to starboard. The error was noticed too late and in spite of the engines being reversed the ship struck the mainland inside of East Mouse island. All on board got off safely but the the ship broke in two and became a total wreck. Currents in excess of 5knots can be experienced over the site and there are several bits of the wreck that stand off the bottom by 5mts. 2 large boilers and much broken crockery beneath large prop-shaft.Appropriate care is needed whilst diving this site. \r\n

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