NEW leeds (BOTTLE WRECK)

POSITION....53 06 808 N  000 57 467 E

TYPE....TWO MASTED TOP SAIL SCHOONER

DEPTH....14mtrs

TONNAGE...100 GRT

MATERIAL....WOOD

DATE OF LOSS.... 23rd FEBRUARY 1852

CAUSE OF LOSS....FIRE

BUILDER...UNKNOWN

OWNER... CITY OF DUBLIN STEAM PACKET COMPANY

 

THE WRECK TODAY

The New Leeds, a two masted top sail schooner caught fire and sank on the 23rd February 1852 whilst on route from Sunderland to London. Her cargo of various glass items for the most part is now to be found as a molten lump on the seabed at 13mtrs. Evidence of her fate is still to be found in the form of charred timbers that stick out of the sandy seabed. There are still items of her cargo to be found that escaped the effects of the fire, for the most part these take the form of wine bottles.

REPORT OF THE NEW LEEDS SINKING

PAUL HENNESSEY

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