G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41
Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie)
[caption id="attachment_3756" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society[/caption]By far the largest number of shipwrecks occur when ships come into unplanned contact with the shore. In less enlightened days the local population took these events to be an unexpected bonus and opportunity for acquiring wealth. Slaughter of ships crew and passengers was common. The wrecking of the Spanish Armada around the shores of Ireland was a good example, of those who made it safely ashore, very few survived.