MHG50196 - Gem: Thurso Bay, Pentland Firth


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • SMACK (Unknown date)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (09/05/2007 10:23:02)
ND16NW 8054 c. 12 69
N58 36 W3 31

NLO: Thurso [name: ND 115 687]
Thurso Bay [name centred ND 115 699]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet ND17SW.

Scrabster, 2nd Dec. The GEM (smack), of Peel, I.M., Gill, went ashore yesterday half mile east of Thurso bar: crew saved. The vessel will be a wreck. ----r sails, spars, and other material were got on shore last night.
Source: LL, No. 16,739, London, Friday, December 6 1867.

Thurso, 25th Dec. The hull and materials of the GEM (smack), of Peel, I.M., Gill, which went ashore half a mile E of this bar, 1st Dec., have been sold.
Source: LL, No. 16,757, London, Saturday, December 28 1867.

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 11320).

(Classified as sloop: no cargo specified, but date of loss cited as 4 December 1867). Gem: this vessel was wrecked at the entrance to Thurso River. Capt. Gill. All gone but total loss?
Registration: Douglas, IOM. 63grt. Length: 19m. Beam: 6m.
(Location of loss cited as N58 36.0 W3 30.0).
I G Whittaker 1998.

The location assigned to this record is essentially tentative. The River Thurso (Thurso River) enters the SE corner of Thurso Bay through a well-defined mouth.
The classification cited by Whittaker is unverified: that cited in the primary record is preferred.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 28 December 2006.

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Grid reference Centred ND 12 69 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16NW

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