MFV James Barrie 1969 (Built as FV Benella)
N58 48.762 W3 02.253
MFV James Barrie was a 66T British Trawler built by Lewis John & Son in Aberdeen and named FV Benella. From 1949 to 1951 she was owned by Active Fishing limited, Fleetwood and during 1951 was owned by Marr J & Son Ltd.
She lost 18 year old assistant cook, Michael Bennett, overboard in 1968.
The James Barrie ran aground south of the Orkneys at “Louther Rock” on Pentland skerries and was holed forcing the crew to abandon ship. On 29th March she was under tow to Scapa Flow by the lifeboat Grace Paterson when she took on too much water and sank.
The James Barrie lies upright on a stoney seabed at 45M and is very much intact making it a popular dive site.
date built: 1949
tonnage: 666 grt
dimensions: 55 x 9.3 x — m
engine: 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, single shaft, 1 screw
speed: 12.5 knots
yard no.: 213
IMO/Off. no.: 183382