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Housatonic
Location  

Place Name : Ballylumford

Lat / Long : 55 ° 0 ' 46 '' North - 5 ° 58' 9'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : GPS
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : Oil Tanker Built : 1893  
Shipyard :
Hull material : steel  
Dimensions
Size : 4041 tonnes Length : 120 m Beam : 15 m
History
Sunk : 1908.01.03 Cause : poor navigation Date Found :
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 0 m 0 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 0 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : NW Lying : Upright Condition : Extensive breakup
Seabed Type : Unknown
Artifacts : not much left
Wreck Owner
Owner : -
Access : Public
War Grave : Unknown Protected :
Restrictions :
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
0 - hours 0 - minutes Before - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Ballylumford at all states of tide Beware ferry traffic at entrance to Larne Lough
Notes :

The Housatonic was owned by the Anglo American Oil Company and was in ballast from Barrow to New York. She grounded at 11 pm on the North Russels Rock, north of the Maidens. Rockets were fired but one fell back on the ship and started a fire. 30 miniutes later there was a huge explosion and the Housatonic slid off the rock and vanished. 2 of the crew were lost. The wreck lies against the north east side of the Russell Rock with bow in 7 m and the stern in 35m. She is abdly brocken up due to her exposed position. Normally bouyed by North Irish Lodge - please don't tie off to the bouy. Can be dived at either high or low water Belfast, the last of ebb is the best. A good dive to gain wreck experience.

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Name : From a dive on : 2000.05.06
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