Ireland’s Abundance of Wrecks

Ireland’s Abundance of Wrecks

If you share the passion of our very own Iron Mike (a.k.a Mike Chatwood) and big lumps of sunken metal is what keeps you diving...... then this one is for you! An interactive map, including details of thousands of shipwrecks around the Irish coast has been released recently and it is mind blowing!

The Wreck Viewer

The interactive map, known as ‘The Wreck Viewer’ gives easy access to the Wreck Inventory of Ireland Database compiled by the Department’s NMS (National Monuments Service). The exact locations of more than 4000 recorded wrecks can be accessed free of charge as well as 14,000 shipwrecks whose locations are yet to be confirmed!

Notes from the developer

“It is important to note that the Wreck Viewer displays only wrecks for which we have a recorded location and these are represented on the map canvas as red dots. The red dot equates with the known approximate centre point of the wreck and is not indicative of its geographic or spatial extent. Wrecks with known locations account for approximately 22% (update and check) of the total number of records contained in the WIID; there is data held within the WIID on a large number of wrecks for which we have no precise recorded location, co-ordinate or known extent.”

14,000 locations yet to be confirmed

“Of the approximate 18,000 records, only 4,000 have precise locations leaving approximately 14,000 wrecks in the database for which a location has yet to be confirmed. These wrecks are not displayed in the viewer but information on them can be downloaded from the Wreck Data Download link on the banner/header of the Wreck Viewer. Please note that the development of the Wreck Viewer is an ongoing project and the Viewer should not be relied upon as a definitive listing or display of all known wreck data. Records will be added to, refined and updated on an ongoing basis and as new information becomes available.” Source: National Monuments Service (NMS) Wreck Viewer. View the Wreck Viewer Now!
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