Hasselwood Rock visible as breaking waves to the north of Rockall
|Area||300 m2 (3,200 sq ft)|
|Highest elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
(Exclusive economic zone)
Position and characteristics
The rock is approximately 1 metre above low water, 13 metres in diameter, with an area of approximately 130 square metres. It is covered at high tide and in heavy seas, often only visible as breaking waves. There are no sources of fresh water on the rock, which is uninhabitable. The only other rocks in the area, those of Helen's Reef, are almost 2 kilometres to the north-east.
Expeditions and landings have not been reported. The geological composition is unknown.
The brigantine Helen of Dundee, bound for Quebec, foundered at Hasselwood Rock in 1824; the vessel struck between nine and ten o'clock in the morning of 17 May. After some twelve hours struggling to keep her afloat and make for safety, water had almost filled the hold. The captain ordered the passengers onto the deck with warm clothing. Difficulty was experienced launching the boats, and one had to be repaired after being holed on the stock of the kedge anchor; "the crew left most of the passengers to drown, including seven women and six children".
On 28 June 1904, SS Norge, a Danish passenger liner, ran aground on Hasselwood Rock. Over 635 people died during the sinking, among them 225 Norwegians.
- G. S. Holland and R. A.Gardiner. The First Map of Rockall. The Geographical Journal, v.141, n.1 (March 1975). pp. 94-98.
- The Waterford Mirror from Waterford, May 22, 1824, Page 1 (subscription needed for full access) Accessed 29 June 2017