The Passages Shipwreck – Isle of Man - Atlas Obscura
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Isle of Man

The Passages Shipwreck

The remains of the wrecked steam trawler can be found on the beach at low tide. 

On a stormy Wednesday evening in 1931, the Passages was returning from a successful trip fishing herring in the North of Ireland. The ship approached in Isle of Man in pitch darkness and gale-force winds.

Suddenly it came to a full stop; in the confusion and chaos the captain had run aground into the soft sand of Jurby Beach. Rescue flares were shot up, and the rescue party actually had to descend down the nearby headland to reach the crew. Thankfully, all 13 men were saved.

The Passages remains where it ran aground to this day, minus the cargo of herring, which had to be dumped overboard. The general outline of the vessel can still be seen at low tide, and the engine sticks up prominently, though most of the hull plating has gone. The Passages wreck has even been described as a good on-land example of what an underwater shipwreck looks like.

Know Before You Go

This is only accessible at low tide, so be sure to check the times before you go. From St Patrick Church take the first left heading north, park by the water treatment area and walk south along the beach for about 600m.

  • "Shipwrecks of the Isle of Man" by Adrian Corkill