New Irish shipwreck map details thousands of shipwrecks near Ireland from the Armada to the First World War.
A new interactive map has been released which maps and details the thousands upon thousands of shipwrecks near Ireland.
From the visible shipwrecks to the ones hidden further out from our shores and from fishing vessels, to the Armada to the First World War, Irish waters are something of a shipwreck graveyard with the new Wreck Viewer holding information on 18,000+ known and likely wrecks off the Irish coast and in the country’s inland waterways.
The Wreck Viewer holds information on 18,000+ known & likely wrecks both off the Irish coast & in our inland waterways. These wrecks span the entirety of maritime travel around & within the island, from prehistoric logboats to medieval trading vessels, warships & ocean liners. pic.twitter.com/TdsKhS83BQ— DCHG / RCOG (@DeptAHG) April 25, 2018
“I am delighted to launch this website today which will allow the public to engage in a new and exciting way with the country’s underwater cultural heritage,” said Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D on its launch on April 25.
“The Wreck Viewer provides information on shipwrecks across a wide expanse of time.
“Of particular interest, in this decade of centenaries, are the stories of those wrecks from the First World War. Over 1000 ships were lost off the coast of Ireland during that conflict, in effect bringing the Western Front to our shoreline and alerting the Irish people to both the grim realities of war and the scale of the tragic loss of life that took place on land and sea.”
Dating back as far as prehistoric longboats and medieval trading vessels, the website contains, if known, information on their history, voyage, cargo, passengers and how they were lost.
The free-to-use service has exact locations for approximately 4,000 of the recorded wrecks, while information on the 14,000 shipwrecks whose locations have yet to be confirmed can also be downloaded.
The interactive map was developed to facilitate easy access to the Wreck Inventory of Ireland Database compiled by the Department’s National Monuments Service.
You can view the full map here.