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03/08/2017ARKLOW UpdateInfomar seem to have finished surveying the Arklow Bank and Bays area and moved southward. Many new anomailies and shipwrecks have been identidied in the remarkeable imagery of the seabed. The wreck of the 19th century SS Hellenis was mentioned earlier, and is now beleived to have been the cause of a lot of the confusion relating it to the 'Arklow Submarine'. Whether or not the remains of a missing submarine lies on the Arklow Bank - is anybody's guess now. The wreck of the Cameo was dived slightly north of its chartered position and should be a great wreck dive for sports divers.
14/12/2016New Wreck Finds off ArklowFollowing detailed surveys by Infomar and some Dublin based divers in 2016, new shipwrecks have been located and scanned. Infomar scanned in some detail two wrecks; the Cameo, and an old steamer in a previously undesignated area. A group of divers from Dublin had been looking for the 'Arklow Submarine' nearby and dived the remains of the steamer. It is believed to be the screw steamer Hellenis, wrecked in 1869. The steamer was bult in 1861 and was an early and briefly owned steamer of the Palgrave Murphy shipping company. There is little previously written about this ship and seems to have fallen between the cracks of maritime history and accounts of Murphy acquisitions. Being iron, the wreck is in relatively good condition and its image profile is very like a submarine - possibly leading to it been mistaken for the 'Arklow Sub' all these years. Other anomalies have been detected and are being investigated at present. Results of the Infomar seabed survey will be out soon and are eagerlly awaited.
08/09/2015New Book! - BETWEEN THE TIDES -Authors of this web site have just released a new publication through the publishers, Amberley Books. The book adresses the history of ships, shipwreck and diving. A number of short stories help to illustrate different aspect of the developement of ships, wrecking, and the causes. Wreckings from early times have predicated subsequent attempts to recover valuable cargoes and to inflame controvarsy between ship owners, land owners and local inhabitants that came to be known as 'wreckers'. Such adventures continues to captivate the imagination of man. Accounts of shipwreck are from the 18th century through the mass maritime emigration years, to the attacks by U-boats around Ireland during WW1. The book also describes various wreck locating projects that have been undertaken by the author and diving companions. More details can be viewed in the 'Publications' section of this web site.
21/02/2015Lord Cloncurry's 'Most Valuable Cargo'The remains of a ship, which was widely believed to have been that of the Aid, were discovered at Killoughter, county Wicklow in 1985/6/7. Receiving significant publicity at the time, the discovery was made by a team of divers, led by Professor Dillon from UCD. The owner of a valuable cargo on board the ship, was Lord Valentine Cloncurry, who was still on his Grand Tour in the Med. He was collecting and returning ancient and valuable artefacts to Ireland. One of his shipments was carried in the brig Aid, and left Leghorn in 1803. The Aid wrecked on the coast of Wicklow in 1804. The underwater find, attracted excited publicity, but none of Cloncurry’s ‘most valuable cargo’ was located. The search for this shipwreck was a well organised and respectably funded project. After our own study of the subsequent detailed report and representations of the artefacts that were recovered from the wreck, and described in it, it is now believed, that this shipwreck could not have been the Aid. Our team will proceed to Wicklow in 2015 to survey and dive the area where the shipwreck is believed to have ocurred, with high expectations of further finds!
26/08/2014The Hunt for Spanish Armada Shipwreck off Spanish PointThe hunt for the wreck of the Spanish Armada vessel, San Marcos off Spanish Point in county Clare, continues. Lost in 1588, hopes of a discovery have risen, after a recent survey has produced some inetersting side-scan and magnetometer returns.
26/08/2014 An additional search facility has now been added to the database. The enquirer can now search by CARGO. If one chooses 'Search by Cargo' and enters, gold, linen, tin, iron etc., ships sunk with similar cargo will be returned on Google map. The enquirer can then click on the tag for further details of the shipwreck.
26/06/2014Discovery of the PomonaIt is confirmed that the wreck of the American SV Pomona has been located off Wexford. She lies in the position as reported at the time of her loss in 1859. Extensive wreckage has been filmed by a team of divers from Dublin and the find has been reported to the authorities. It is hoped to complete an elementary survey in order to understand the wreck site and present findings. It is also hoped, that the local museum in Enniscorthy, where some artefacts from the ship are on display, may be interested in the find.
19/05/2014Emmigrant Ship PomonaA team of Irish divers believe they have relocated the remains of the emmigrant vessel 'Pomona' at the Blackwater Bank, county Wexford. The ship was wrecked when it struck the Bank in 1859. There was a catastrophic loss of 424 lives when she sunk off Blackwater Head. Attempts will be made this season to confirm the identity of the wreck and report it to the relevant authorities.
16/05/2014Shipwreck Database - updates.The shipwreck data base is undergoing a number of updates. Additional entries. Addional images. Completion of Lat & Lon for every entry. A 'Reference' table which allows viewer to see the full details of the reference sources. An 'Event' table which allows viewer a quick interpretation of the cause of loss. E.G.'LT' = Loss by torpedo. A weather table will be added, which will allow the viewer to access unique early weather conditions for around Ireland - not avialable elswhere.
25/07/2013Another Sailing Ship SinksIt is indeed regrettable that another beautiful sailing ship, the Astrid, has been lost. It is very commendable that all aboard were saved. It is ironic, that probaly less than a century ago, and at times, much less than that, such an event might have ocurred in obscurity, and word of the loss might have taken days to filter into the public domain. Today, these events appear in the media - 'live'. Notwithstanding our modernity, they still ocurr. And it would seem that, all of the sail training in the world has not subsituted for a working engine.
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