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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Latest News

Date12/05/2021
 
Heading:Water Water, Once Everywhere.
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Shipwreck can occur in a surprising number of circumstances. Storm and extreme weather conditions, war, natural phenomena such as earthquakes and eruption of volcanoes and more regularly, from the downstream consequences of negligence or human error. It is extremely rare that a modern and perfectly intact looking bulk carrier becomes a shipwreck for the want of water.
The lake in Julian Luk’s image and story in the Mail, 2016, shows just such a case. Lake Poyang, China’s largest fresh water lake, three times the size of Greater London, is drying up. Connected to the great Yangtze River, it is receding further and earlier each year. The photograph of the stranded ‘high and dry’ ship says it all, and just as with the repeated warnings given about the spread of disease, no one can say they didn’t know.  
 
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