The Saldanha, under the stewardship of Captain William Packenham, sadly hit the Swilly rocks and shipwrecked off the coast of Fanad Head with the loss of 274 men. It was due to this tragedy that Fanad Lighthouse was built and opened on 17th March 1817.
The Virtual Reality experience takes you back in time as Captain Packenham’s ‘parrot’ on the Saldanha’s final journey. You will be the first in over 200 years to see first image ever of the HMS Saldanha!
It was launched by Donegal County Council on the 13th of July 2022.