“And then take heed lest you fall upon the island of Ireland for fear of the harm that may happen unto you upon that coast”

[A warning contained in the sailing instructions to the Spanish Armada invasion fleet if having failed in their attempt to invade England in 1588 and were forced to circumnavigate the British Isles.]

Shipwrecks around Ireland and this database.

 Following the earlier launch of the CD of ‘Irish Wrecks’, its authors, Roy Stokes and Liam Dowling have continued to update and add to the vast amount of shipwreck data now available on this free online web site. The authors have continued to add new shipwrecks, Geo Map Search, (provided by Google) video footage, photographs, seabed and anomalies and provide details on almost 14,000 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.


The 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.

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.