MHG47192 - George Loch: Helmsdale, North Sea


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • SMACK (Unknown date)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (26/04/2004)
ND01NW 8008 c. 02 15
N58 7 W3 40

NLO: Helmsdale [name: ND 028 153].

Possibly on map sheet ND01SW.

3 March 1876, GEORGE LOCH, 8 yrs old, of Wick, wooden smack, 25 tons, 2 crew, Master S. Bremmer, Owner J. McKenzie, Wick, departed Banff for Helmsdale, carrying empty barrels etc., wind variable 8, stranded off Helmsdale Harbour, Co. Sutherland.
Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1875 - 76 (1876 [C.1632] LXVII.191).

For rescuing the crew of the smack GEORGE LOCH, of Wick, which was totally wrecked near Helmsdale Harbour, Co. Sutherland, R. Findlay (Pilot), J. McKay (Fisherman), and W. Sutherland, of Helmsdale, awarded £1 each from the Mercantile Marine Fund.
Table 58: List of Persons, Subjects of Great Britain and its Dependencies, to whom Rewards have been granted by the British Government, during the Year 1875-6, for gallant Services in Saving Life from Shipwreck etc.
Source: PP Abstracts Returns of Wrecks and Casualties on Coasts of the UK 1875 - 76 (1876 [C.1632] LXVII.191).

Wick, 6th Mar., 7.30 p.m., the GEORGE LOCH (jigger smack), of this port, is a total wreck at Helmsdale: crew saved: cargo, fish-curing stock.
Source: Shipping Intelligence, LL, No. 19,304, London, Tuesday March 7 1876.

NMRS, MS/829/69 (no. 2615).

(Classified as sloop [sic.], with cargo of saltpetre barrels: date of loss cited as 3 March 1876). This vessel was wrecked on rocks to to the east of the bay at Helmsdale.
I G Whittaker 1998.

The description given by Whittaker may suggest a location of loss on the rocks around ND 032 511. [No authority is cited].
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 26 April 2004.
I G Whittaker 1998.

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Grid reference Centred ND 02 15 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

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