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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A team of technicians and archaeologist led by Mexican archeologist Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz, a researcher of the University of Southampton, have rediscovered the remains of the German WW1 mine-laying submarine UC47. The submarine was sunk off the coast of Yorkshire in November 1917 when it was rammed by British naval craft after a chance encounter. The submarine and was then depth-charged while still lying on the seabed. There were no survivors.
Her commander Gunther von Wigankow (Also served on UB12 and UB17) had only recently replaced her commander-from-launch, Paul Hundius, who was considered an ‘Ace’. He wreaked havoc against shipping in the George’s Channell and right around the coast of Ireland during 1917 and 1918, while in command of submarines, UB16, UC47 and UB103.
All that has been said about ‘war crimes’ has made little difference, man continues to disappoint. It was a term not in use during WW1, and despite regrettable actions by both sides, some more hounourable by commander Hundius during his service, would have been considered ‘above and beyond’, certainly by some of his rescued victims.
Commander Hundius was lost with all of his crew in September 1918, when in command of UB103, considered to be the last German submarine to have passed out through the Dover Straits in WW1.

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