MHG48701 - Matilda Catharina: Melvich Bay, Pentland Firth


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • GALLIOT (Unknown date)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (11/05/2007 12:57:30)
NC86NE 8012 c. 887 654
N58 33.8 W3 54.8

NLO: Melvich Bay [name centred NC 887 654]
Bighouse [name: NC 891 648]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

(Classified as galliot, with cargo of stock fish, oil and tallow: date of loss cited as 11 September 1792). Matilda Catharina: this vessel was wrecked in Bighouse Bay. Capt. Neilson. Registration: Copenhagen.
(Location of loss cited as N58 34.0 W3 55.0).
I G Whittaker 1998.

The location suggested for the loss of this vessel is essentially tentative; Bighouse Bay is not noted as such on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map. The house (NC86SE 40.00) and steading (NC86SE 26) of Bighouse are at NC 8911 6481 and NC 8939 6497 respectively, suggesting that Bighouse Bay may be equated with Melvich Bay.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 24 August 2005.

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Grid reference Centred NC 886 654 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC86NE

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