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Ireland releases map of 18,000 wrecks

Ireland has prepared a real treat for wreck divers. A map of over 18 thousand wrecks located around the island has been made available to the public. All thanks to the website prepared by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Gaeltacht. The said project functions under the name “Wreck Viewer” and is available free
Published: May 7, 2018 - 11:10
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:46
Ireland releases map of 18,000 wrecks

Ireland has prepared a real treat for wreck divers. A map of over 18 thousand wrecks located around the island has been made available to the public. All thanks to the website prepared by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Gaeltacht.

The said project functions under the name “Wreck Viewer” and is available free of charge, to anyone who visits its official website. The Wreck Viewer provides information on more than 18,000 civilian and military vessels located in Irish territorial waters.

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“The Wreck Viewer is based on information previously compiled by the Department of the Historic Preservation Service of Ireland. Among this huge number of located objects, about 25% are already identified and their positions are given very precisely. However, there is no shortage of sites that are still awaiting exploration and confirmation of much information.

[blockquote style=”2″]”Of particular interest to us are the shipwrecks from the First World War. Over 1,000 vessels were sunk in our waters during that conflict. This wonderful new online initiative will, I hope, promote our history and at the same time deepen people’s awareness while protecting these remarkable resources found in our waters.” – Joseph Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht of Ireland, said.[/blockquote]

Ireland’s approach shows a completely different path from the one we usually have to follow. Let us hope that this is the beginning of a trend that will spread to other countries, including Poland, which will result in the creation of similar maps.

Source: dahg.maps.arcgis.com

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