Wreck of the Tadorna, Ballycroneen
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 18th Century, the actual date of occurence could be vague. There were also many errors in vessel names, especially those of foreign vessels.
A lot of the published reports were very brief, with exactly the same reports repeated in various publications. The accounts were usually based on either Lloyds List, or reports from Shipping agents, Government sources, such as the local Waterguard, or later Coastguard, local gentry, or in some cases local clergy.
In many cases there are no further reports on the fate of crews of vessels, the overriding concern was with the survival of the cargoes carried. Life was cheap, and the fate of crew members, appears not not have been very newsworthy. Occasionally, there were local appeals, to support the dependents of lost mariners. These provided some details of the background of some of the lost.
Most of these accounts are deserving of much more research.