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Shipwreck Lists

The following accounts of wrecks, strandings, and other nautical disasters, cover an area roughly from the Old Head of Kinsale to Youghal

These lists have been generated from Primary sources. In contemporary accounts, especially previous to the 19th Century, the actual date of occurrence could be vague. There could  also be errors in vessel names, especially in those of foreign vessels.

A lot of the published reports were brief, with exactly the same reports printed in various publications. They were usually based on either Lloyds List, or reports from local shipping agents.

Many of these accounts are worthy of further research.

17th Century

18th Century

19th Century (1800 to 1849)

19th Century (1850 to 1899)

20th Century

21st Century


Wrecks over 100 years old and archaeological objects found underwater are protected under the National Monuments (Amendment) Acts 1987 and 1994. Significant wrecks less than 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.

Under the legislation all diving on known protected wreck sites or with the intention of searching for underwater cultural heritage is subject to licensing requirements.