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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July 24th 2013


The Dutch training vessel Astrid, went on the rocks at Ballymacus Point, west of Oysterhaven, on July 24th 2013. The Astrid had been standing off a lee-shore, when engine failure brought her ashore. The RNLI lifeboats from Kinsale and Courtmacsherry, long with local boats, managed to rescue all on board the Astrid

Water soon covered the decks of the 95 year old vessel, as it sat on the point with sails furled. She lay there for weeks, until the heavy lifting barge Atlas, lifted her off the rocks on Monday the 9th of September.

The Astrid was transferred to a barge in Kinsale, for inspection. It quickly became apparent that the damage to the old vessel was too severe, and she was condemned to be scrapped.

Feb 16th 2020

MV Alta

The abandoned cargo vessel Alta went ashore near Ballycotton, during Storm Dennis.