Hasselwood Rock

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Hasselwood Rock
Hasselwood Rock cropped from Rockall photo.JPG
Hasselwood Rock visible as breaking waves to the north of Rockall
Hasselwood Rock is located in Oceans around British Isles
Hasselwood Rock
Hasselwood Rock
Geography
Location North Atlantic
Coordinates 57°35′58″N 13°41′19″W / 57.59944°N 13.68861°W / 57.59944; -13.68861Coordinates: 57°35′58″N 13°41′19″W / 57.59944°N 13.68861°W / 57.59944; -13.68861
Area 300 m2 (3,200 sq ft)
Highest elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Administration
 United Kingdom
(Exclusive economic zone)

Hasselwood Rock is a skerry adjacent to Rockall in the North Atlantic.

Position and characteristics[edit]

Its upper part is the destroyed cone of an extinct volcano, 200 metres (656 feet) north of the larger outcrop of Rockall.[1]

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.[1]

History[edit]

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;[2] "the crew left most of the passengers to drown, including seven women and six children".[citation needed]

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.

ROCKALL - Nautical chart - Atlantic Sea Pilot, 1884

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b G. S. Holland and R. A.Gardiner. The First Map of Rockall. The Geographical Journal, v.141, n.1 (March 1975). pp. 94-98.
  2. ^ The Waterford Mirror from Waterford, May 22, 1824, Page 1 (subscription needed for full access) Accessed 29 June 2017