Trinity North on the rocks at Point May, Fortune Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
M.V. Hopedale sinking at Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador.
H.M.S. Raleigh on the rocks at Point Amour, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Schooners at Tinker Bight, Labrador after a gale, 1908.
The Maritime History Archive holds significant sources which can be
used for researching shipwrecks and disasters at sea.
Northern Shipwrecks Database
This database was developed and compiled by Northern Maritime Research.
It features more than 50,000 records of North American marine casualties
over the last four centuries. The system was designed as a reference for
resources for the study of shipwrecks concentrating on the area of North
America between the 40th degree of North Latitude and the North Pole as
well as Canadian vessels lost world wide.
The database provides a quick guide to maritime casualties by vessel
name, region or date of wreck. The system is based on data from government
documents, port records, vessel lists and registries, and newspapers, plus
hundreds of other references. The database includes references to over
700 sources including museum and archival material.
Maritime History Archive Shipwrecks File
This database includes information of shipping disasters taken from
the shipwrecks files at the MHA. The data was compiled mostly from newspapers
and reports of the Canadian Coast Guard and covers the period from 1880
Certificates of Vessel Registry
The computer data files of the Certificates of Vessel Registry from
the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project can be searched for vessel disposals.
The level of detail in the vessel registries varies, but precise location
of wrecks is infrequently included in the data. (Now available on the Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada CD)
The Board of Trade Wreck Registers, 1850-1898
This is a file of selected information relating to vessels registered
at the ports of St. John's, Newfoundland, Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax
and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, arranged by port of registry and official number
or name of vessel.
Lloyd's List, 1741-1914.
Lloyd's List is a marine newspaper that was first published by
of London in 1741. From 1884 - 1914 it was published as Shipping Mercantile
Gazette and Lloyd's List. The daily publication includes information
on vessel movements and casualties. From 1839-1927 the Index to Lloyd's
List provides a reference to the entry in the list by name of
Other published material on shipwrecks held at the Maritime History Archive
includes Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam, 1824-1962
Charles Hocking. (London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1989); Lloyd's
War Losses, the second World War, Volume 1. (London: Lloyd's Register
of Shipping, 1989); Syren and Shipping Mercantile War Loss Book,
Merchant vessels lost in World War 1. Lloyd's Register,
[1764-1995]; Shipwreck Index of the British Isles, Richard and
Bridget Larn. Volumes 1 and 2, (London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping,
The fee for researching shipwrecks is $40 per hour and 50 cents for
each page of information printed from the database.