Irish Wrecks Database

Shipwrecks around Ireland and this Database

The authors Roy Stokes and Liam Dowling have continued to add new shipwrecks, Geo Map Search, (provided by Google) video footage, photographs, seabed and anomalies and provide details on 15,000+ entries from around the coast of Ireland. The data is compiled under a number of field headings and successful searches can be completed with only the minimum of information available. When available, detailed results will also include photographs of the ship before and after being wrecked and any available underwater pictures and video clips.

 References

Space does not allow us to list all of the sources referenced for the compilation of this database. The complete list can however be viewed within the database itself (Reference Database).  However, it may be helpful to outline just a few of the primary and more important sources here, and to express our sincere thanks for access to these and to congratulate on the fine work that has been painstakingly spent in their compilation over many years.

Lloyds List (LL), Lloyd’s Registers of Shipping(LRS), Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast(SOTIC) (4 Vols.) by E. Bourke, Shipwreck Index of Ireland (SII) by Bridget Teresa & Richard Larne, Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland(SII) by Karl Brady of the Deptartment of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government of Ireland.

There may be images in this database that are inaccurately attributed, or where there were no credible details of an author available. The authors apologise for this, and would be grateful if the original photographer or artist would make contact, in order that we may properly accredit the image, or to have it removed.

What makes this database somewhat different from others that are available online, is the unique reference made to the records of fishermen, divers and local folklore. To these we owe a considerable debt of gratitude. There is also a considerable input made by the authors’ personal research, both on land and underwater.

 

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Date24/08/2020
 
Heading:‘Adventures of the Famine Diver William Campbell’ A new book by ROY STOKES
Details:
William Campbell began his ‘celebrated’ career working in diving bells, constructing harbours in Scotland. He contracted to the Board of Public Works in Ireland and built harbours right around the coast during the period of the Great Famine.
Campbell advanced into the new diving suit and helmet and learned how to detonate explosives underwater with an electric charge. He built piers and cleared estuaries of sunken wrecks and was eventually hired as Chief Superintendent of Works at the Royal Harbour of Kingstown.
Ten years later he departed Kingstown under mysterious circumstances in the family schooner Lucy, ex revenue cutter Wellington, on an adventurous voyage to Australia in 1864.
He and his family never returned and eventually settled there to co found the town of Streaky Bay.
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