MHG48696 - Matilda: Dunnet Head, Pentland Firth


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • SCHOONER (Unknown date)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (27/04/2007 11:04:16)
ND27NW 8013 c. 203 768
N58 40.3 W3 22.5

NLO: Dunnet Head [name: ND 203 768]
Dunnet Bay [name centred ND 198 704]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet ND17NE.

Not to be confused with ND16NE 8013.

Thurso, 26th Feb. The MATILDA, of Aberdeen (87 tons), Gair, has driven ashore on Dunnet head, and become a total wreck: crew saved.
Source, LL, No. 17,431, London, Monday, February 28 1870.

Wick, 26th Feb. The MATILDA (schr.), of Aberdeen, from Kirkwall to Scrabster, drove ashore at Dunnet head, last night.
Source, LL, No. 17,431, London, Monday, February 28 1870.

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 11764).

(Classified as wooden schooner: no cargo specified, but date of loss cited as 25 February 1870). Matilda: this vessel was wrecked to the West of Dunnet Head light [house]. Capt. Gair.
Registration: Aberdeen. Built 1854. 87 grt. Length: 22m. Beam: 6m.
(Location of loss cited as N58 40.25 W3 23.0).
I G Whittaker 1998.

The classification and location of loss cited by Whittaker remain unverified.
The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. Dunnet Head Lighthouse (ND27NW 5.00) is at ND 20273 76775.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 22 August 2005.

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Grid reference Centred ND 203 768 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27NW
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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