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''Princess and The Needles' by Groves, 1983 (Cowes Maritme Museum)

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The Needles Interactive Maritime Heritage Explorer

Developed in collaboration with

Unpath'd Waters

A project funded funded by


Unpath'd Waters is led by Historic England, and is part of the 'Towards a National Collection' programme. Towards a National Collection is a major five-year research and development programme that aims to underpin the creation of a unified virtual 'national collection', dissolving barriers between the different collections of the UK's museums, archives, libraries and galleries. The programme is funded through a £18.9 million investment by UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Data within the viewer is based on research where we can reliably trust available sources. If you have information or images that could be added to the database please contact us on:

Learn more about the Unpah'd Waters project: https://unpathdwaters.org.uk/

Vessel details

Click on a marker to see the vessel stats.

Official number:
Vessel type | sub-type:
Date or year lost:
Builder (port):
Builder (company):
Launch year:
Lngth. | Beam. | Drght:
Primary cargo:
Port of departure:
Port of registry:
Crew onboard:

Site Description

Click on a map marker to learn more about the sites.

From 'The Isle of Wight - Beautiful Britian' by G.E. Mitton, 1911.


Click on a map feature for an account of the vessel's loss.

The Needles, Wilhelm Melby (1824–1882) Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Site images

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The Spectrum of Sunlight, The Needles Jeremy Gardiner (b.1957), St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery


Click on a map feature to view related artefacts.

'Off the Needles, Isle of Wight', Edward William Cooke (1811-1880), Yale Center for British Art.


Choose a wreck from the map to view related documents here.

The Needles, EdouardHildebrandt (1818-68), 1847.>


Click a wreck on the map to view related videos here.

'Defender of this Sceptred Isle', Spitfire over the Needles, Arthur Sturgess (1930-1992?), Brooklands Museum

3D Content

Click a wreck on the map to view related 3D content here.

The Needles, Leonard B. Moffat, Scottish Maritime Museum


Click on a map feature to view the people related to this site.

Rowing Boat in the Solent Looking West with 'The Needles' and Hurst Castle, Wiber (active 19th C), Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Archive Links

Click on a map feature to view other archives with information related to this site.

The Needles, Taylor's map of Hampshire, 1759.

Help and FAQ

Why are only sites and features around The Needles, Isle of Wight, featured on the map?

The project study area covered this area of the coast, which included a 2.5 km search area based on The Needles. This is a particularly rich area of maritime finds and sites, includin shipwrecks and historic structures taht was selected as a good pilot study for testing data integration with the Unpath'd Waters aims of creating a national colection of maritime data at the regional and local scale.

Is the database that the viewer draws on still being added to or changed?

Yes, we are making further entries to the database and attaching more information, documents, links and images. These will appear in the viewer after each update thorughout the life of the project and beyond.

How frequently will the database and viewer be updated?

We will be adding new information or making amendments to the database on an almost daly basis until 2024. Subsequent updates will continue to be published as the core database will continue to be maintained as part of wider MAT research.

Are you able to accept new information or photographs of Needles sites, wrecks and views that feature in the database/viewer?

Yes! If a site is within the search area then we are happy to add new information, photographs, video etc to the records. We cannot accept information or photographs for sites outside of this area, but they may be useful to other research and projects. We can only accept photographs which you are able to provide permission for use or are of an age that copyright is expired. To submit information, photographs etc then please email us on:

As a volunteer I found information on a vessel that isn’t showing in the viewer, why?

Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteers who spent many hours researching the sites online we have been able to populate many fields in the database. Alongside the online research other volunteers were researching documents in The National Archives or other maritime archives, sometimes these sources provide different information than online sources. If we are not sure of the accuracy of an entry or feel it needs further work to double check then, for now, we have not included this in publicly available information.

I have spotted a mistake in the data, what should I do?

If you have found something that might be inaccurate then please do let us know! Please email us on:

If you can let us know the site, the field that you think needs changing and a reference to show your source that would be great. We will endeavour to make any updates in our monthly update routine.

How can I support the Maritime Archaeology Trust?

We are a charity and rely on the kind support of volunteers and donors. We also have a Friends of the Trust organisation - to find out more and to join please visit Friends of the Trust

Version: 0.1 February 2023