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Shipwrecks


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 to 1930.

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 database)

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Lloyd's List, 1741-1914.
Lloyd's List is a marine newspaper that was first published by Lloyd's 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 vessel.

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, 1995).

The fee for researching shipwrecks is $40 per hour and 50 cents for each page of information printed from the database.



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