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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Heading:Chinese Super-Mariners or Junk History? Books, ‘1421’ and ‘1434’ by Gavin Menzies.
Will the recent discovery of two Ming Dynasty shipwrecks by the Chinese submersible, Deep Sea Warrior, throw light on the 15th century Chinese expeditions that were so convincingly described in Gavin Menzies books, ‘1421’ and ‘1434’, but thrown on the heap of ‘junk history’ by fellow writers and academics?
In many respects the march of Chinese advancement has recommenced, and to one degree or another, has outstripped gains made in the West. Only recently announced but discovered in October 2022, two 500 year old Ming Dynasty shipwrecks have been discovered by their deep sea submersible, ‘Deep Sea Warrior’, at 1500 metres, 12 miles apart in the South China Sea.
Archaeologists are very excited with the discoveries and the finds of thousands of pieces of porcelain crockery and other artefacts. Such finds may now throw some light on the extent of the maritime adventures of the Chinese Empire during the 15th century.
Will Mr Menzies writings be found to hold grains of truth?

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