Blair Nevis/Lubeca 1945/1977,
Colonel Lamb/Bouboulina 1867,
P S Leeds 1852,
Tug Nelson 1994,
Sailing Flat Thomas 1910,
P S Superb 1835,
Wrecks on Liverpool Revetments,
Hoylake Beach wreck.
Stella Marie on King Scar 1941.
wrecked ashore at Cleveley's Beach 2008;
MV Carrier wrecked ashore at Raynes Jetty 2012,
FV Susie Mo II 2015.
Reports of losses: Riverdance; Carrier
Information not included in books Wrecks
of Liverpool Bay or Wrecks of Liverpool Bay Vol II (or extra information
Much of this information has also been submitted to wrecksite.eu
LUBECA: 499 ton German motor coaster built Wewelsfleth 1964
10-12-1977 sank in 45 minutes after collison with Q12 buoy (crew saved).
Wreckage removed in sections and placed in close proximity to wreck of BLAIR NEVIS.
An area of wreckage visible at low water charted as drying wreck
(no height given) N of Taylors Bank. This charted symbol is about 0.65nm
at 014 ° from the Q8 (red) buoy.
From my observations, the wreckage dries about 6 ft at most - the photos show it at a spring low tide of about 1.2 metres above chart datum when it dried by 3ft. photo 1 , photo 2 .
This vessel was the COLONEL LAMB, built at Liverpool as a blockade runner (see more info including pictures, etc in book Lelia). She returned to Liverpool after the American Civil War ended and was sold to Greek interests as a fast naval vessel.
Magnetometer surveying gives a strongest return at a position (WGS84) 53 21.953N 2 58.454W. There is also a sonar return near this position: which is very close to the charted position described as Wreck 6.5m and listed as unknown 47 by MDHB.
The Nelson was registered in 1966 and operated on the Mersey until
the 5th of December 1994 when she sank while under tow to breakers at
Garston. Wreck moved out of Garston channel. Charted as least depth 1m
with W cardinal buoy "Nelson" nearby at 100m 302 degrees from wreck.
Wreck lies in scour with significant sonar signal. See image
Position given by MDHB (OGB36 datum) as 53 22.307N 2 58.337W.
My position of wreckage (WGS84): 53 22.322N 2 58.417W see plot (scales in metres) here.
On voyage Liverpool to Havana, 3 masted sailing vessel left
Birkenhead on 22 Sept 1872 but gales forced her to return - she anchored
off Southport in heavy weather. Despite attempts from the tug Fiery
Cross and the Liverpool and New Brighton lifeboats, (or Formby Lifeboat
in one account) she was driven ashore on 30 Sept with the loss of all 18
Charted position (WGS84) 53 35.11N 3 9.00W with least depth 1m in general depth 3m.
I find a sonar signal near the charted position: see a plot (scales in metres) here
Some additional material on wrecks in the larger Irish Sea area:
Early steam ship wrecks: (ROBERT BRUCE, ROTHSAY CASTLE, LORD BLAYNEY, LEEDS, PRINCE ARTHUR, SUPERB, MANCHESTER, SHEFFIELD, RHYL STEAMERS, KILLARNEY, GRANA UILE),
Dee Estuary wrecks,
Emigrant ship losses (LOCKWOODS, OCEAN MONARCH, GOVERNOR FENNER, ST GEORGE, POMONA, TAYLEUR, ROYAL CHARTER).
Liverpool Sailing Packet losses.
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