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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Islay   British  Cushendun Bay Co Antrim  1890 

Islay : 
Owner David MacBrayne 119 Hope Street Glasgow 
Flag British  Builder Barclay Curle & Co, Glasgow 
Port Glasgow  Build Date 1867 
Official No 60327  Material Iron 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 168 / 395 
Ship type Paddle Steamer  Dimensions 206.6 | 23.4 | 10.7
Ships Role  Passenger / Cargo  Rigging Style   Schooner Rigged
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Cushendun Bay Co Antrim 
Date Lost 19/12/1890  Captain John McNeill 
Cause Stranded  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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During the fog which prevailed in the channel yesterday morning the passenger Steamer Islay of Glasgow bound from Glasgow to Islay went ashore about one mile north of Cushendun Bay.

The passengers and crew were landed safely but the vessel is likely to become a total wreck. The Islay had a valuable cargo on board. The Islay is an iron ship which was built in 1867. Her length is 220ft breadth, 23ft 4in; depth of hold 10ft 7in, the nett tonnage is 180 gross 395 while the horse-power is registered as 145.
The Islay belongs to Mr MacBrayne of Glasgow and had a crew of eleven men.

Belfast News-Letter, Saturday, December 20, 1890

On the 18th December last the "Islay" left Greenock at 5.40 p.m. for the island Islay with a general cargo and 15 passengers, having a crew of 26 hands all told, Mr. John McNeill, who holds a certificate of competency as master, being in command.

She had two compasses and appears to have been well equipped in every respect for her intended voyage. She proceeded down the Firth of Clyde and at about ten o'clock p.m. had Pladda bearing north a quarter of a mile distant. The weather at this time was comparatively fine and clear with a fresh breeze from S.E. and a moderate sea. The master who had been on deck until the ship made Pladda went below about 9.30 p.m. leaving the second mate in charge of the deck with instructions to set a W.S.W. course when off Pladda and to tell the mate when he relieved him to call him, the master at 12 o'clock or before that if it came on thick.

The mate came on deck about 10.45 p.m. and took over charge from the second mate and continued the same course. At midnight snow having begun to fall and the weather become somewhat thick the mate called the master who came on deck about ten minutes afterwards. The vessel was continued at full speed which was estimated by the master to be from seven to nine knots an hour and he stated that he expected to be off the Island of Sanda about 12.30; but as the light was not visible he continued steering W.S.W. until 0.55 a.m. of the 19th in order to give the Mull of Cantyre a good berth before altering the course for the North Channel. At this time he altered the course to W. by S. 1/2 S. for a few minutes, and then to west but almost immediately he altered it to W.N. west on which course he ran for about forty minutes.

The next alteration was to N.W. on which he steered for about twenty minutes when he altered it to N.N.W. After steering on this course for about half an hour the vessel ran on the rocks as the master afterwards found in Cushendun Bay County Antrim his first impression being that the vessel must be on the Mull of Cantyre. The crew and passengers were safely landed but the vessel became a total wreck.

Board Of Trade Wreck Report Glasgow 14/01/1891
Record Created on  18/04/2011
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