Lanka’s Shipwrecks deciphered by Dharshana Jayawardena

Ship Wrecks III

MAP 17-02-2-2016

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION – GHOSTS OF THE DEEP…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. v

PART I

The Wrecks of Sri Lanka…………………………………………………………… 1

Colombo……………………………………………………………………………………… 2

Chapter  ONE

World War I: The Kills of a Wolf…………………………………………………………. 5

     Chapter  TWO

      Pecheur Breton: The Colombo Cargo Wreck……………………………….. 27

Chapter  THREE

The Battery Barge……………………………………………………………………………………. 35

     Chapter  FOUR

      Nilgiri: In the kingdom of Lionfish…………………………………………………… 42

Chapter  FIVE

The Taprobane-East Wreck………………………………………………………………….. 51

Chapter  SIX

The Wallet Wreck……………………………………………………………………………………. 60

Chapter  SEVEN

      Medhufaru…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 67

Chapter  EIGHT

The Coal Wreck………………………………………………………………………………………….. 78

Chapter  NINE

Car Carrier Chief Dragon……………………………………………………………………… 82

   Chapter  TEN

MV Thermopylae Sierra…………………………………………………………………………. 91

Chapter  ELEVEN

   BATHTHAL MUHUDA – THE OCEAN OF BARGES……………………………………. 101

Chapter  TWELVE

   MV Astoria…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 113

Chapter  THIRTEEN

The Nilkete Wrecks……………………………………………………………………………….. 120

Chapter  FOURTEEN

Clarke’s Wreck………………………………………………………………………………………… 126

Chapter  FIFTEEN

Moratuwa GUN BOAT……………………………………………………………………………… 135

Trincomalee…………………………………………………………………………….. 138

Chapter  SIXTEEN

The Irrakkandy Ship Wreck: SS Ava………………………………………………… 140

Chapter  SEVENTEEN

HMS Diomede and HMS Sheerness…………………………………………………….. 144

   Chapter  EIGHTEEN

World War II Aircraft…………………………………………………………………………. 147

Chapter  NINETEEN

Sri Lankan Navy Gunboats…………………………………………………………………. 153

Batticaloa………………………………………………………………………………. 156

   Chapter  TWENTY

HMS Hermes……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 159

   Chapter  TWENTY-ONE

The Brennus Shoal Wrecks………………………………………………………………… 177

Pasikudah to Vakarai…………………………………………………………………. 183

   Chapter  TWENTY-TWO

SS Lady McCallum……………………………………………………………………………………. 185

   Chapter  TWENTY-THREE

The SS British Sergeant……………………………………………………………………….. 188

   Chapter  TWENTY-FOUR

The Graveyard of Shipwrecks………………………………………………………….. 198

   Chapter  TWENTY-FIVE

The RAF Dutch Squadron Catalina Y-78……………………………………….. 206

Kalmunai………………………………………………………………………………… 218

   Chapter  TWENTY-SIX

World War II—At the Edge of the Continental Shelf…………. 220

   Chapter  TWENTY-SEVEN

MV Ledra……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 239

Galle……………………………………………………………………………………… 242

   Chapter  TWENTY-EIGHT

SS Rangoon…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 245

   Chapter  TWENTY-NINE

SS Orestes…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 250

   Chapter  THIRTY

SS Conch………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 256

   Chapter  THIRTY-ONE

THE Earl of Shaftesbury…………………………………………………………………….. 260

Other Shipwreck Sites……………………………………………………………….. 265

   Chapter  THIRTY-TWO

MV Tricolor………………………………………………………………………………………………. 267

   Chapter  THIRTY-THREE

Great Basses & Little Basses Wrecks…………………………………………….. 272

PART II

Chasing ghosts – The stories beyond wrecks………………………. 283

   Chapter  THIRTY-FOUR

Finding the Bell of the SS Worcestershire

End of a long journey………………………………………………………………………….. 284

   Chapter  THIRTY-FIVE

In search of his great-grandfather’s ship –

MV Tricolor………………………………………………………………………………………………. 290

   Chapter  THIRTY-SIX

From Cargo Wreck to Pecheur Breton………………………………………… 292

   Chapter  THIRTY-SEVEN

The Hermes Adventure………………………………………………………………………… 296

Chapter  THIRTY-EIGHT

Air crash investigation – unravelling a deep mystery……….. 302

Chapter  THIRTY-NINE

The story of SS Ava and Captain Cooper Kirton………………………. 306

Chapter  FORTY

Ship Graveyards………………………………………………………………………………………. 308

Chapter  FORTY-ONE

The flower class……………………………………………………………………………………. 310

Chapter  FORTY-TWO

Tango with Orestes………………………………………………………………………………. 312

Chapter  FORTY-THREE

Nailing it with a fork – From “Allison & McLeelan”

to Lady McCallum SS……………………………………………………………………………… 313

Chapter  FORTY-FOUR

Saved from oblivion – The relics of the SS Rangoon…………….. 314

A STORY OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS……………………………………………………………………………………………… 316

References/Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 319

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