NG7725 : Wreck of the HMS Port Napier in Loch Alsh

near to Kyle of Lochalsh/Caol Loch Aillse, Highland, Great Britain

Wreck of the HMS Port Napier in Loch Alsh
Wreck of the HMS Port Napier in Loch Alsh
The Port Napier was under construction as a commercial vessel for the Port Line when it was requisitioned by the UK Government for minelaying operations in June 1940.

On 27 November 1940, complete with a full complement of 550 mines, the HMS Port Napier was tied alongside at Kyle of Lochalsh harbour when a fire broke out. Unable to control the fire and fearing the town would be extensively damaged by a massive explosion, the ship was towed out into Loch Alsh. The fires worsened and she was cut adrift after which there was a massive explosion, blowing the wheelhouse onto the shore. The vessel sank where you can see it today, as shown in this photograph, taken from the Seaprobe Atlantis, a glass-bottomed boat operating out of Kyle of Lochalsh. Via the underwater viewing windows you can see the large hole blown in her side which lead to her sinking.

In 1955-6, the Royal Navy removed most, but not necessarily all of the mines onboard.
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2008
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Friday, 12 September, 2008   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 20 September, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! NG 77790 25451 [1m precision]
WGS84: 57:15.9321N 5:41.2064W
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