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.


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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Described as a ghost ship, the 77 metre motor vessel Alta was abandoned more than a year previously. She has finally washed up under cliffs west of the charming little village of Ballycotton, East-Cork. A fishing village with remarkable history of both shipwrecks and saving lives from distressed vessels.
Perched on rocks under the popular cliff-walk, the area has had many shipwreck-victims dashed on its rocks. Fear once crawled through the village, when it was believed that the devil had landed from a 19th century shipwreck in the same area, after his tail could be seen trailing between his legs. It turned out to be a china-man with platted hair !
This stranded vessel was unmanned and said to have been hijacked a number of times. Shipwreck is always owned by someone, and no doubt the present owner of MV ALTA will be able to provide an answer to her year-long mystery of abadonement.
A somewhat larger vessel with a very similar name, was barred from a South-American port not so long ago when thousands of spiders erupted from the hold of the ship after it was opened - Pandora can be full of surprises!   

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