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#229865 - 21st May 2008 12:07pm The Wreck off Hoylake
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This Wreck has fascinated me for years, here's what I know about it and some pics, any further info would be great.

ARABIAN PRINCE was built in 1919 by Wm. Pickersgill & Sons at Sunderland with a tonnage of 5764grt, a length of 405ft, a beam of 52ft 4in and a service speed of 11 knots. Sister of the Persian Prince she was delivered in January 1919. She was sold to Turner, Brightman & Co. of London for operation as the Zenada by the 'Z' Steam Ship Co. in 1927. In 1933 she was acquired by Theofanos Maritime of Chios, with N. G. Livanos as managers, and renamed Nestos. On 2nd April 1941, during a voyage from New Orleans to Garston, she was wrecked in fog on the Hoyle Bank at the entrance of the River Mersey after being half a mile off course.

The wreck was used for target practice during the war.


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Description: What she looked like when she was built

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Description: loking from Kings Gap in Hoylake. On the horizon slightly to the right of centre.

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Description: Zoomed in, looks like you can walk to it. you cant

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Description: Full digi zoom, not very clear it, was a hazy day and no tripod,but you can see the main structure

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Description: Taken from Red Rocks.On the horizon just to the left of the end of the wall

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Description: Zoomed in

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Description: Full Digi zoom. again a bit Hazy

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Description: Her exact position (Thanks to the boys at Hoylake lifeboat) a lot further out than it looks and is always surrounded by water



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#229868 - 21st May 2008 12:32pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: Colgo]
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Very interestying, some good shots, nice one for posting it mate!!

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#229878 - 21st May 2008 12:59pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: MattLFC]
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i am very interested in stuff like that to be honest, that was very good reading, if you get anymore info, please post it.....

maybe we shud set up a day where we sail or boat it over to it and look... smile
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#229880 - 21st May 2008 1:00pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: MattLFC]
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wow, never knew that was there.

Thanks for posting it smile
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#229886 - 21st May 2008 1:16pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: BMW Joe]
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excellent find mate ,i have never heard anything about this thumbsup
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#229888 - 21st May 2008 1:24pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: jonno40]
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I belive there is another wreck out in the channel towards where the Bar Lightship used to be...
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#229891 - 21st May 2008 1:26pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: StuyMac]
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it is my goal in life ya know.....to dive s shipwreck, i really wanna do it ya know!!!!

i want to do one thats just of the Cyprus coast.... smile
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#229962 - 21st May 2008 3:04pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: Spritey_Nikki]
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thats interestying that m8 good job happy

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#229972 - 21st May 2008 3:14pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: ]
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Thats awesome..I never knew that even existed..cheers thumbsup

Before i joined Cruisewirral (Due to not letting Hotmail users join btw) I joined MerseyCruise. One of the lads on there had a black 206...and he took photos of his car on the coast somewhere, where they had an old rusty ship that looked lke it had been sunk or something.

Cant really give any info, but does anyone know if this is on the Wirral at all??? thumbsup
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#229981 - 21st May 2008 3:35pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: MGCraig]
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i think taht ship was carrying ammo when it sank there has been a few controlled explosions out thear over the years my dad fishers out there alot and has found a few shells on the hoyle bank that have washed up try and get some pics of them and post them on ps. allways check hight and time ov the tide be safe
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#229983 - 21st May 2008 3:39pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: Ducko]
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Originally Posted By: Ducko
i think taht ship was carrying ammo when it sank there has been a few controlled explosions out thear over the years my dad fishers out there alot and has found a few shells on the hoyle bank that have washed up try and get some pics of them and post them on ps. allways check hight and time ov the tide be safe


i dont think it was carrying ammo, the shells are all spent ones from when it was used for target practice. I have heard it was carrying oranges and crates of them where washed up for weeks afterwards

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#230041 - 21st May 2008 6:56pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: Colgo]
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this is good stuff the info is out there it just needs digging up
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#230048 - 21st May 2008 7:18pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: rentaclown100]
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very intresting never new that exsisted! will have to go an have a look
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#230083 - 21st May 2008 8:58pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: mike849]
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There are lots of wrecks in the Dee, most vessels cant navigate it now, as it has silted up; but at one time it was far busier than the river mersey. There was lots of intentional wrecking there and many of the ships ended up washed up in moreton and wallasey which gave rumour to the wallasey wreckers. However that is only a myth as the wreckers were in hoylake & west kirby, it was just the ships cargo and contraband which was taken to wallasey & bidston.


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#230095 - 21st May 2008 10:03pm Re: The Wreck off Hoylake [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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wow there great them pictures.
That's wiki challenge i would think.....

Its great the way you have presented this topic,
easy to find and understand where it is and your pictures
make it easy to locate too.

Thanks for sharing wink
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