Library and Archives Canada offers many unique resources for anyone interested in Canada's maritime heritage. Whether you are a wreck hunter on the trail of a lost vessel, a teacher looking for compelling traces of Canada's past, or a new shipwreck enthusiast eager to explore images and documents that preserve the epic tales of Canadian waters, Library and Archives Canada has something for you.
To launch your shipwreck investigation, this section provides access to the following online resources:
This section presents a selection of the remarkable shipwreck photographs held by Library and Archives Canada, together with a description of collections, as well as research tips of particular interest to shipwreck investigators.
This section presents a selection of the historical maps and charts that provide an invaluable resource to shipwreck investigators. The section features a description of the National Map Collection of Library and Archives Canada, including information on Hydrographic and Admiralty Charts.
This database enables you to search the formal investigation transcripts of the Marine Branch of the Department of Marine and Fisheries. The database currently includes records for hundreds of investigations conducted from the 1890s through to the beginning of the First World War, as well as approximately 20,000 pages of digitized investigation records from 1909-1913.
Deep-Sea Detectives: Maritime Mysteries and Forensic Science, by Peter Limburg (2004)