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Eilean Thunga (5119)

Current Priority
2
East
257369
North
958773
Site Type
Wrecks
Period
?C19th/C20th

In the intertidal zone located between the two western promontories of a small tidal island in the Kyle of Tongue are the remains of five wrecked vessels. The entire area is littered with ship-parts. Listed below are the main intact elements: (a) At the NW of this area is a shipwreck which has at least a 25 m long keel with keelson and rider intact on the E portion (possibly the stern). There is some framing intact 7 m from this possible stern on the port side. On this framing there are seven planks visible which are fastened with iron-bolts and iron-spikes driven into the keel. The main body of the wreck is covered with small stone-ballast approximately 0.15 m in diameter. There are approximately eleven frames intact amidships, which are 0.3 m apart and which increases to 0.5 m apart toward fore and aft. The fore-end of the keel is broken and continues on a slight angle to the SW. Most of the remaining framing is on the port side and ranges from 2.5-2 m. Some of this continues to starboard where it protrudes from the wreck and is visible at high-tide. The timbers are deteriorating due to both tidal erosion and some destruction by marine-boring organisms. The wreck is covered with moss and seaweed. Some of the framing and planking has broken free from the main structure and lies to the S of the vessel. The widest part of the vessel is 4 m.

26-05-13 Remains much deteriorated since original survey.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Survey - record wreck, perhaps as NAS project

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Record 11: 54a on map 11 in North Sutherland Survey: Coastal Zone Assessment, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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26th May, 2013 by NOSAS
Survey Information
User:
NOSAS
Date:
May 26, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Description:

In the intertidal zone located between the two western promontories of a small tidal island in the Kyle of Tongue are the remains of five wrecked vessels. The entire area is littered with ship-parts. Listed below are the main intact elements: (a) At the NW of this area is a shipwreck which has at least a 25 m long keel with keelson and rider intact on the E portion (possibly the stern). There is some framing intact 7 m from this possible stern on the port side. On this framing there are seven planks visible which are fastened with iron-bolts and iron-spikes driven into the keel. The main body of the wreck is covered with small stone-ballast approximately 0.15 m in diameter. There are approximately eleven frames intact amidships, which are 0.3 m apart and which increases to 0.5 m apart toward fore and aft. The fore-end of the keel is broken and continues on a slight angle to the SW. Most of the remaining framing is on the port side and ranges from 2.5-2 m. Some of this continues to starboard where it protrudes from the wreck and is visible at high-tide. The timbers are deteriorating due to both tidal erosion and some destruction by marine-boring organisms. The wreck is covered with moss and seaweed. Some of the framing and planking has broken free from the main structure and lies to the S of the vessel. The widest part of the vessel is 4 m.

26-05-13 Remains much deteriorated since original survey.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
not visible
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

This wreck along with the 3 other wooden wrecks in this group, [5120], [5121], [5122] should be surveyed and identified before furth deterioration.