An Irwin and Johnstone fishing vessel weighing 150 tons, it was wrecked off Munster on a clam moonlit night… presumably with engine trouble. It had a crew of 10 Zulu men with Captain Hoben in control. There was no loss of life. In fact, a crew member, who was a good simmer, went overboard and made his way to the police station off Marina Beach. The Nightingale was built in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1907 and powered by a twin cylinder steam engine. It is still on the rocks with the boiler. The crankshaft was brought up to the Kinsey residence many decades ago, with great difficulty, and now lies outside the Museum.
On her maiden voyage from Southhampton New York, the ‘unsinkable’ ship sailed into an iceberg at 22 knots (40.7 kmph). This caused a 300 ft gash in the great ship’s 883 ft hull. Within 6 hours the 66 000 ton Titanic sank. 611 people were saved, 1513 died in one of the world’s most epic disasters.
The Dacht was built in 1879 wand sank when it collided with the SS Kingswell in dense fog on 20/09/1908. One report said that all 20 passengers and 140 crew were saved, where another report stated that 5 had lost their lives. The wreck lies upright in 32 meters of water and is a popular dive site in the Dover Straights. These plates were found by David and Kerry in their first home in England.
Santa Maria is well known all over the world as the flagship of Christopher Columbus on which he on August the 3rd, 1492 sailed from Palos in the southwest of Spain. After having visited the Canary Islands he crossed the Atlantic in 36 days and discovered America on October 12th, 1492. The waterline of Santa Mari is 21,3m and the depth is 3m.
After an intensive naval manhunt and battle to sink the formidable ship, a Royal navy wire and wood Fairley Swordfish torpedo bomber damaged the steering gear. While an HMS Belfast and HMS Rodney plus other naval vessels finished the job, sinking one of the greatest and most notorious battleships of all time. Her armament included eight 380mm cannons.