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Buy Historic Shipwrecks

Over the past  25 years 47 sites have been classified as protected by the protection of  wrecks act, and this book serves to chronicle these wreck illustrating the manner in which they worked and how they met their unfortunate end. Spanning  three millennia from the Bronze Age to the first steam submarine in a manner  that indicates that the authors are well qualified for this task. Each wreck  is explained with clarity and detail with nice colour photos. I really enjoyed this book and found it well written and informative. In my opinion this  book would be excellent for anyone with an interest in shipwrecks and marine  archaeology, especially with its UK origin. However the book would probably  not be suited for a casual reader as the text can become a bit slow in places

Famous Shipwrecks a great book for the kids 

An addition  to the HISTORY OF - series which looks at the worlds best known shipwrecks,  from the huge Spanish galleons and their hoards of treasure to modern-day disasters and why they occur. Illustrated with more than 70 photographs, artworks and artefacts.


The  Irish coast has seen shipwrecks from Celtic times through to the present  day. The Romans may have had a small bridgehead at Loughshinny and continental  wars were fought offshore. The 1588 Spanish Armada came by and left its tribute of twenty-six ships on the remote west coast. Before 1800 ports  like Dublin, Strangford, Waterford, Kinsale and Wexford were very significant. After the Industrial Revolution Liverpool, Glasgow and Cardiff came to prominence.  Hazards around Ireland range from the rocky cliffs of the west coast coupled  with a transatlantic landfall in fog or snow to the treacherous sandbanks  of the east coast.
The photographs come from a variety of sources who generously supported  the project. They are representative of all modern stages of shipping from sail, to steam and motor vessels. The more famous ships 'Great Britain' and 'Lusitania' feature among the Irish wrecks.

The role of the rescue services features prominently. The coastguard, early lifeboats, brave individuals, helicopter crews and RNLI lifeboats are all represented. A topic that is often forgotten is the fate of the ships after the crews have been rescued. Nearly all  the prominent salvage firms worked on the Irish Coast.

The wartime activity around the coast  in both world wars has largely been forgotten because the sea was so remote  from land-based folk at the time. Unless a mine came ashore there was  notice taken of things that went bump in the night. Some remarkable pictures  from the First World War have survived and many of these have not been  published before.

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