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A nautical craft that has been sunk or destroyed. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: historic
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

A wreck is a nautical craft that has been sunk or destroyed. A wreck can persist for many centuries and can be a hazard or a point of interest.

(In technical nautical language, ships that were intentionally sunk are not wrecks (e.g.  HMS Scylla), but this tag has also been used for ships which were scuttled.)

Wreck locations are of interest to:

  • shipping and harbour management
  • fishing
  • divers

Wrecks can be in one or more significant parts (due to current movement, etc).

How to Map

Draw an area Area around the wreck, or place a node Node at the location.

Tag the node or area as historic=wreck and seamark:type=wreck. The following additional tags are also useful:

Tag Example Value Description
name Yolanda The name of the wreck.
tourism=attraction If tourism attraction
wreck:type ship The type of sunken craft (ship, plane, submarine, ...)
wreck:visible_at_low_tide yes or no Whether the wreck is visible at low tide
wreck:visible_at_high_tide yes or no Whether the wreck is visible at high tide
access yes or no or permit
seamark:type wreck
seamark:wreck:category non-dangerous





See Seamarks/Wrecks for details
seamark:wreck:water_level <empty>
wreck:date_sunk 1980-12-28 The date that the craft was sunk, in  ISO 8601 format.
Less common tags
wreck:depth 24 The depth (in metres) from the surface of the water.
wreck:clearance 20 The depth (in metres) to the top of the wreck.
wreck:date_commissioned 1964
wreck:gross_tonnage 1907t
wreck:length 74.8 In metres
wreck:width 11.7 In metres
wreck:cargo porcelain

All depths are based on  chart datum.


Wrecks are not rendered in the Standard tile layer.

It it proposed that wrecks should be rendered at close zoom levels as there are very many wrecks near coastlines (especially in the UK).

WreckIcon.png or Wreck.png

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