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Shipwrecks UK Ltd offers the most comprehensive source of information about shipwrecks in the sea areas surrounding Great Britain and Ireland. With the ability to draw on and interactively analyse the data, we are able to provide context and connections : the resource has become a microcosm of the UK's, Ireland's and the wider international community's maritime heritage.

The entire contents of the 6 Lloyds Register Shipwreck Index volumes have been expanded and transformed into a computerised system that goes far beyond the original resource. A unique interactive mapping system has been specially developed for Shipwrecks UK and, using advanced web technology, now offers a unique insight into our maritime history.

Shipwrecks UK provides both the big and detailed picture for shipwrecks in the seas around Great Britain and Ireland, dynamically mapping users’ search criteria. These can include:
type of cargo
cause of loss
lives lost
ship name
ship type
date ranges
port links
shipbuilders
shipowners
location of shipwreck
flag of registry
… and much more

Other maps, also drawing on latest data, show aspects such as lives lost in armed ships during the two World Wars, and protected wrecks. Colour-coded density mapping highlights wreck concentrations for the chosen criteria while enabling access to every ship’s details. Where the position of a wreck has not been discovered, the area of likelihood is graphically displayed.


Connections between shipwrecks (to highlight ship losses that were the result of the same detailed cause such as mines laid by on a particular occasion by ship or submarine, or other linkages) can be quickly established when viewing wreck details, and the entire set -- whether small or large -- can be instantly mapped. Click here to see an example of such a connection.


The system has been designed to be both highly informative and user-friendly. It provides thematic analysis, with the ability to 'drill down' to see the detail behind the broader picture. Zooming-in to greater detail is facilitated by mouseover information displays and then by clicking, on any of the following:

  • colour-coded cells, 10 by 20 nautical miles, displaying results of the search criteria
  • named location 'layers' for wrecks where locations are are known only generally (eg '2 miles south of Beachy Head')
  • sea areas
  • ports, shown across Great Britain and Ireland, and places selected via the drop-down list of more than 4000 geographical locations
  • selected islands and rock reefs

From the zoomed-in view, the details of each of the wrecks can be accessed, many with accompanying photographs and expanded information.


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