MHG50025 - Boomerang: St John's Point, Pentland Firth


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • BRIG (Unknown date)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (09/11/2006 13:07:49)
ND38SW 8039 c. 311 753
N58 39.6 W3 11.3

NLO: St John's Point [name: ND 311 753]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Thurso, 15th July. [recd. 18th, per E.T. from Inverness at 10.20]. The BOOMERANG (brig), of Dundee, from Havana to Copenhagen, struck on St. John's Point, Pentland Firth: shortly in deep water: crew saved: vessel and cargo lost.
Source: LL, No. 15,064, London, Friday, July 18 1862.
NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 10240).

(Classified as brig, with cargo of sugar: date of loss cited as 15 July 1862). Boomerang: this vessel was wrecked on St John's Reef.
Registration: Dundee. Built 1854. 214grt. Length: 30m. Beam: 7m.
(Location of loss cited as N58 39.67 W3 11.00).
I G Whittaker 1998.

The cargo cited by Whittaker remains unverified, but is accepted.
St John's Reef is not noted as such on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map. The name presumably applies to some or all of the rocks beneath St John's Point.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 9 November 2006.

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Grid reference Centred ND 310 753 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND37NW

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