S.S.Castlereigh 1925

N50 34.810 W1 56.138

When Steve first dived this wreck in the early 70’s she was known as the “Firth Fisher” which was her first name when built in 1898. She was owned by John Fisher & sons. She was bought in 1913 by Wilson & Reid of Belfast and renamed Castlereagh

On route from from Ayr to Shoreham she encountered gales which eventually flooded the ship which then sank. Captain William Blythe and the 10 crew all drowned.

Today the wreck lies at 30m and is well broken up with the bow and stern still recognisable.

Nationality:         british
Owners:               John Fisher & Son & Wilson & Reid Belfast
Built By:               Fullerton J  Co. Paisley

Type:                   Coastal cargo ship

Propulsion:         steam

Date built:           1898

Tonnage:             443  grt

dimensions:        51.7 x 10 x 2.93 m

Engine:                1 x 2 cyl. Compound engine, single sgaft, single screw, 1 boiler         Made by  Ross & Duncan of Glasgow

Power:                 88  h.p.

yard no.:              143

IMO/Off. no.:     99944