Wrecks over 100 years old and archaeological objects found underwater are protected under the National Monuments (Amendment) Acts 1987 and 1994.  Significant wrecks less that 100 years old can be designated by Underwater Heritage Order (UHO) on account of their historical, archaeological or artistic importance as is the case with the wreck of the RMS Lusitania lost off the Old Head of Kinsale in 1915.  UHOs can also be used to designate areas of seabed or land covered by water to more clearly define and protect wreck sites and archaeological objects .  /  /  site first uploaded 24th September 2002
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Below is a list of valuable Secondary sources. Primary sources consulted for this site include: The Irish Times, The Times of London, Lloyds Weekly Register, The Cork Constitution, The Cork Examiner, The Mercantile Chronicle, The Freemans Journal, various files from the PRO (Kew).

There are many other Secondary sources available, including books,  journals, historical accounts and the Internet.

Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast

1105 - 1993

Edward J. Bourke

ISBN 0-9523027-0-9

Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast

Volume 2. 932 - 1997

Edward J. Bourke

ISBN 0-9523027-0-5

Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast

Volume 3. 1582 - 2000

Edward J.Bourke

ISBN 0 - 9523027-2-1

Shipwreck Index of Ireland

Briget Teresa and Richard Larn

ISBN 1 900839 970

Harbour Lights (Article in)

Colman O'Mahony and Tim Cadogan

Published by Great Island Historical Society

Warships U-Boats and Liners

Karl Brady Charise McKeon James Lyttleton Ian Lawler

ISBN 9781406427035

Ballycotton Wrecks and Rescue 1800-1855

Fr B Troy

(privately published)

Ballycotton Wrecks and Rescue 1855 - 1900

Fr B Troy

(privately published)