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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Western Explorer   Ireland  Co Clare  2003 

Western Explorer : 
Owner Vincent Browne, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. 
Flag Ireland  Builder Built at Arklow 
Port Skibbereen  Build Date 1984 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 18 / 62 
Ship type Motor Vessel  Dimensions 14.9m | 6.2m | 2.75m
Ships Role  Fishing Vessel  Rigging Style   
Super Structure
 
Hull
Carvel construction,transom stern. 
Machinery
Volvo Penta TMD 120B. Six-cylinder diesel engine Registered Power 253.6 KW. 
 
Wreck Location 10 miles north of Kilkee, Co Clare 
Date Lost 23/03/2003  Captain Vincent Browne 
Cause Foundered  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
Google Map Location
 
 
History

On 22nd March 2003 at about 1600 hours, the fishing vessel "Western Explorer" sailed from the port of Fenit, Co. Kerry. Whilst engaged in fishing to the North of Kilkee, Co. Clare, the vessel suffered flooding of the fish hold and engine room and subsequently sank at 1045 hours on 23rd March 2003 in position 52˚ 50.53’ North, 9˚ 47.2’ West. The crew of the vessel were evacuated before the vessel sank and there were no injuries or fatalities.

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