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:Search for King Rat Continues
Spanish Armada 1588.
One of the most imporatnt vessels included in Spain's failed invasion attempt of England in 1588, the Rata Encoronada, resumed this year. Having completed a survey in Blacksod Bay, Mayo in 2018, with no result, the search recommenced in 2019. No finds have been reported to date, and it is expected that the search will continue.
With a favourite of King Philip of Spain aboard the Rata, Don Alonso De Leiva, a man of rank and some reputation, the ship was of considerable importance.
Having figured prominently during the battle in the English Channell, it is believed she was badly damaged, and suffered during the long stormy voyage around Scotland and Ireland, in a desperate attempt to return to Spain.
She entered Blacksod in September 1588 and became the subject of some local and official intrique before she was wrecked.
Locating the shipwreck would be of significant interest to historians and archaeoloists, not to mention all those travelling the Way of the Wild Atlantic.

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