The SS Manchester Merchant was built in 1900 by Palmer’s Shipbuilding and Iron Co. Cltd., Newcastle-Upon-Type, measuring in at 157 m in length. She was a British cargo steamship owned by the British Government. The SS Manchester Merchant was en route from New Orleans to Manchester when on 12th January 1903, it is thought that the cotton cargo spontaneously ignited, causing the vessel itself to catch fire. She sank 4.5 km west by north-west off Rossbehy Point in Dingle Bay and now sits in 11.3 m of water.
This data was collected by INFOMAR, full wreck sheet is available from http://www.infomar.ie/data/Shipwrecks/Box25/pdfs/ManchesterMerchant_Final.pdf.