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By Capt. Dan Berg

Photo: Denise Berg on the Lartington wreck. Photos by Dan Berg

This wreck has intrigued us for many years. When John Stephenson first took us to this site, he told of how the name Lartington could be read on the bottom port side of her bow. We thought this would be an easy wreck to research but soon found that there was no reference to a ship with this name in our usual sources of information. Fortunately, our friend, the noted ship historian, Bill Schell, found the following information in his files.

The Lartington was launched in June of 1875, by Short Brothers., Sunderland, England. She was owned by J.S. Barwick, was 245.1 feet in length, had a 32 foot beam and displaced 878 net tons. According to the Liverpool Underwriters Register, she was, "wrecked on the Bermudas " in 1879.

After further research, Mike Davis, a local marine historian, was kind enough to give us his file on the wreck. Mike reports that the Lartington departed from Savannah on December 8th, with a full cargo of 4,000 bales of cotton. She was under the command of Captain George Dixon and bound for the port of Revel in Russia. A strong south easterly gale hit and washed away everything that wasn't tied down. At 8:00 AM on the 10th, the wind veered to the west. A huge sea struck the Lartington's stern causing a loud crack. Sea water started to pour in and although her pumps ran for ten hours, they could not keep up with the flooding water. On the 12th, Captain Dixon, fearing that his ship would founder, headed for Bermuda. On the morning of the14th, 1878, the Lartington went aground near Western Blue Cut. The crew abandoned ship in lifeboats and was soon spotted and towed into Hamilton by a pilot boat.

The Marine Board of Inquiry attributed the stranding to gross negligence and carelessness. The Captain should have taken soundings for depth and should never have altered his course to the southeast.

For many years, before divers located the name Lartington on the bow of this wreck, there had been much confusion as to her identity. Many incorrectly  referred to this wreck as the Nola. The Nola is one of the names used by the blockade runner, Montana, which sunk in 1863. Mike Davis was the first to suspect that something was wrong. His research brought him to believe that this wreck was the Lartington. This speculation was, of course, confirmed when her bow letters were found.

This wreck is broken down and scattered in 15 to 30 feet of water. She still lies in a straight line. Her bow is intact and lies on its port side. Amidships are her boilers, and in the stern section, divers will see her broken propeller. This wreck is excellent for underwater photography.


The information listed above was taken with permission from the Book:
A Vacationing Divers Guide to Bermudas Shipwrecks,
by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9 softcover,73 pages.
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