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Myrtledene

Hob Uid: 904631
Location :
Dorset
Portland
Grid Ref : SY6787971115
Summary : Remains of the 1912 wreck of an English cargo vessel which stranded on the rocks at Mutton cove, on the western side of Portland. She was a steel-hulled steamer, en route from Sagunto to Rotterdam with a cargo of iron ore.
More information : Wreck site and archaeological remains:

Horizontal Datum: OGB
Vertical Datum: LAT
Method of Fix: PA (1)

28-MAY-1982: Remains lie very broken up in Mutton Cove. Boiler stands 3 metres high in general depth of 8 metres. (1)

Wreck in 50 32.20N; 02 27.30W. She lies at a depth of 8m at the bottom of the shoreline boulder slope, south of Blacknor Point, at a place called Mutton Cove. Although now broken, she is still recognisable as a ship. (6)


Wreck event and documentary evidence:

Ex-HAREWOOD.`In the early hours of a Monday, following a day and night of dense fog, the strong ebb tide swept the HAREWOOD into the bay at 3.30 am in calm conditions. The steam tug VERNE, the duty boat for the many coaling firms in the harbour and the HELPER of Weymouth, went to her assistance and found her fast ashore. Later that morning the captain and crew left the wreck in their own boats proceeding to Weymouth on the HELPER. The following day the salvage tug BELOS arrived and divers carried out an examination of the hull under water. About six of the crew were on deck plus the mate when she drove ashore. He believed they were at least 20-30 miles south of Portland, and were steaming at eight knots when she struck. Her bottom was ripped wide open, her engine room flooding in less than one hour and she proved impossible to save.' (2)(3)

Year Built: 1890 (2)(3)
Builder: Palmer and Co. Ltd. (2)(3)
Where Built: Newcastle upon Tyne (2)(3)
Engine HP: 253 (2)(3)
Boilers: 2 (2)(3)
Propulsion: Screw driven, 3 cylinder triple expansion engine. (2)(3)
Owner: J T Lunn and Co. (2)(3) Northumbrian Shipping Corporation Ltd (7)
Master: F W Mitchell (2)(3)
Crew: 24 (2)(3)
Passengers: 2 (2)(3)

Ownership history:
1890: HAREWOOD. Wm Wright. London
1894: HAREWOOD. L Wright & Co. London
1898: MYRTLEDENE. Dene SS Co Ltd. Newcastle
1904: MYRTLEDENE. JT Lunn & Co. Newcastle
1911: MYRTLEDENE. Northumbrian Shipping Corp Ltd (7)

Date of Loss Qualifier: Actual date of loss

Additional sources:
DCC.26.03.1912(R)
BOT.Wk. Rtn.1912 Appx C, Table 1, P. 100
LR.1907-8 No.1476(M)
Weymouth Library photo.L910.4.MY1-3, neg.no.35/33

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Hydrographic Office wreck index
Source details : Extracted 23-NOV-1992
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Source Number : 2
Source : United Kingdom shipwreck index [pre publication typescript]
Source details : Extracted 09-JUN-1993
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Source Number : 3
Source : Shipwreck index of the British Isles, volume 1 : Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset
Source details : Section 6, Dorset (AJ)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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Page(s) : 491
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Source Number : 5
Source : Wreck and rescue on the Dorset coast
Source details :
Page(s) : 47
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Source Number : 6
Source : A Diver Guide, Dive Dorset
Source details : No. 126
Page(s) : 104
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Source Number : 7
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Miramar Ship Index [Accessed 29-NOV-2017]
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1890
Monument Start Date : 1890
Monument Type : Cargo Vessel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Vessel Structure
Monument Period Name : Early 20th Century
Display Date : Early 20th Century
Monument End Date : 1912
Monument Start Date : 1912
Monument Type : Cargo Vessel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Vessel Structure

Components and Objects:
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