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Iona II
Location  

Place Name : Lundy Island, Devon

Lat / Long : 51 ° 11 ' 0 '' North - 4 ° 38' 42'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : Chart
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Construction
Type : Ferry Built : 1863  
Shipyard : Govan
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History
Sunk : 1864 Cause : Date Found : 1976
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Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
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Access : unknown
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : An area within 50m of position 51 11.03' N., 04 38.78' W.. Chart affected: 1164. This site is a designated Historic Wreck under the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973
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The Iona II was built in 1863 at Govan as a fast ferry for the Clyde. Her fine hull and specially designed twin cylinder oscillating engine reputedly gave a top speed of 24 knots and she was soon acquired by Charles Hopkins Boster of Richmond, Virginia, allegedly to run guns and supplies for the Confederate Forces in the American Civil War. She sank in 1864 on her first trans-Atlantic voy age amidst rumours about her cargo, and contemporary accounts describe intensive salvage operations. The wreck was rediscovered in 1976 by a diving company and partially excavated. Some artefacts from the site have been deposited in the Greenock Museum.
ADU designation: January 3, 1990; 1989 No. 2; 1989/2294.
ADU licences: 1990-1 survey, 94 survey.

References :
Duckworth, C. L. D. & Langmuir, G. E., 1967, West Highland steamers: 32-3. Prescot. Rule, N., 1991, Potters Bar Sub-Aqua Club 1990 Survey of the Iona II. NAS Newsletter 1991.1: 8-9.
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