Launch of a New Website on Historic Shipwrecks

April 2018

Credit: Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., has announced the launch of a new website providing free public access to information on thousands of historic wrecks in Irish waters.

The Wreck Viewer is a new free-to-use digital service that has been developed to facilitate easy access to the Wreck Inventory of Ireland Database compiled by the Department’s National Monuments Service. The database holds information on over 18,000 known and likely wreck sites both off the Irish coast and in our inland waterways. These wrecks span the entirety of maritime travel around and within the island, from prehistoric logboats to medieval trading vessels, warships and ocean liners.  There are exact locations for approximately 4,000 of the recorded wrecks which are displayed on an interactive map. The map also provides summary information on individual wrecks and their history, voyage, cargo, passengers and, if known, the circumstances of their loss. Information on the 14,000 wrecks in the database for which locations have yet to be fully confirmed can also be downloaded.  Further details of these wrecks will be added to the database as they become available.

The Wreck Viewer will be of value to everyone with an interest in Ireland’s maritime history.  It also complements the Department’s Historic Environment Viewer which provides information on archaeological sites across the country from the Sites and Monuments Record compiled under the National Monuments Acts and from the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

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