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Research - Royal Navy Wooden Shipwrecks Database

This is a list of more than 100 wrecked or abandoned wooden-built Royal Navy ships that have been located and investigated anywhere in the world. The list starts with the loss of the Mary Rose in 1545 and includes all RN losses in the age of sail. The list includes basic information about construction, armament, loss and location location for each ship, plus a list of publications about each shipwreck site.

The list is currently available as a searchable PDF document sorted by the date the ship was lost but other formats will be available in due course including an online database. The list will be updated as new information becomes available so the version number is included with each document. The information is not copyright and can free to use, but a credit would be appreciated where it is used.

Click here to download the Database (PDF) SHIPS Link


This database was created by Kimberly Monk and expanded by Peter Holt, with contributions from Kevin Camidge at CISMAS, Alex Hildred at the Mary Rose Trust, Alison James at Historic England, Sean Kingsley at WreckWatch, Peter McBride, Dan Pascoe, Julie Satchell at the Maritime Archaeology Trust, The SHIPS Project crew, Jim Tyson at SWMAG. Funding for this research was provided in part by the US research foundation ProMare.


  • Title: Royal Navy Wooden Shipwrecks Database
  • Subject: Wrecked or abandoned wooden ships of the Royal Navy that have been found and investigated
  • Version Date: 31 January 2016
  • Version: 1.2
  • Publisher: 3H Consulting Ltd.
  • Date Range - 1545 to 1860
  • Copyright - None
  • Language - English
  • Format - Portable Document Format (PDF)

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