MHG50202 - Express: Skerra Bay, Pentland Firth


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Type and Period (2)

  • WRECK (Undated)
  • SMACK (Unknown date)

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  • None recorded

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NMRS Report: (28/12/2006 17:09:20)
NC86NE 8015 c. 870 661
N58 34.1 W3 56.6

NLO: Portskerra [name: NC 877 657]
Tongue Bay [name centred NC 60 61]
Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Tongue, 19th June. The EXPRESS (smack), of Wick, McMay, from Thurso to this place, with wood, got on shore, 17th June, in Skerra Bay, during a strong gale: crew and cargo saved.
Source: LL, No. 16,911, London, Friday, June 26 1868.
NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 11467).

(Classified as smack: no cargo specified, but date of loss cited as 17 June 1868). Express: this vessel stranded at Skerra Bay, near Tongue. Capt. McKay. All gone? See 2/1886. Registration: wick.
(Location of loss cited as N58 32.67 W4 18.0).
I G Whittaker 1998.

Skerra Bay is not noted as such on the 1999 edition of the OS 1:50,000 map; the name presumably applies to the bay in front of Portskerra village. A location at NC c. 870 661 may be tentatively assigned to this record.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 28 November 2006.

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Grid reference Centred NC 869 660 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC86NE

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