THE S.S. KILLINEY 1930
Although registered to Arthur Guinness & Sons in the Irish ships register S.S.Killiney's
owners (past and present) are North stone (previously Scotts) of Toombe Bridge, Bally
Ginnis, on the west shores of Lough Neagh, close to where she lies today; purposely
beached in 1976. This was done as a more economical, if less environmentally sound,
method of scrapping such vessels in that day. So that she would not become adrift,
she was filled with stone and rock until she foundered (some of her sisters had holes
cut in their hulls).
She is now lying, inclined by the head, in two meters of water with her bow immersed
and her stern protruding by 80cms. The survey was carried out as is and as much
information as possible was gathered during the survey without disturbing the ship.
The vessel was found to be largely intact with many of her distinguishing features still
evident and in restorable condition, items such as her unique steering controls, the
boom crutches, the aft deck, mooring bits, the riveted machine room and her classic
bow and fore peak. She has retained an even keel and her lines are still true. Although
some of her original timber decking survives it is not salvageable but will give an
accurate impression on the style of decking for restoration purposes. Limited
examination of the hull plating indicated sufficient thickness for recovery and delivery
purposes although much re-plating will be required in areas such as the turn of the
bilge to bring the ship up to Department of Marine passenger ship standards.
Deck comings and stringers were found to be in a sound condition but deterioration in
some places is beyond acceptable limits. From what could be seen, her hull framing is
in similar condition but it too, is expected that there is sufficient thickness for rolex replica sale
and delivery purposes.
It is possible that there will be a considerable amount of steel requiring replacement
during her restoration, but that there is sufficient strength remaining in her framing so
that restoration work should not interfere with her unique lines. Much of the riveted
plating above the wind and water line could be retained and features such as her
special steering controls will be restored. Only a full -out of water- ultrasonic thickness
survey after recovery, will ascertain the exact condition of the ship and hence the
extent of re-plating etc.