Enter the dangerous world of shipwrecks, full of lifeboats, lifebuoys and lifejackets – and plenty of inspiration for great story-writing. 

Stories from the Sea supports teachers to develop children’s skills in writing by inspiring them to explore our local and national maritime past through world-class museum collections of objects, paintings and manuscripts, intriguing stories and unforgettable characters. 

Shipwrecks films

Shipwrecks activities

PDF iconAfter the Clock Stopped

PDF iconFreeze Frame

PDF iconSoundscape description

PDF iconTalking figureheads

PDF iconWhat is it?

PDF iconSensational shipwreck poems

PDF iconWord Tennis warm-up

PDF iconTwitter tales

PDF iconShipwrecked in a strange land

PDF iconShape poems

Shipwrecks objects and images

Use these objects and images to talk about shipwrecks and inspire writing.

PDF iconCatching a mermaid

PDF iconTitanic toy pig

PDF iconTitanic watch

PDF iconTitanic newspaper

PDF iconTitanic slippers

PDF iconFemale figurehead

PDF iconIndipendenza

PDF iconArmada map

PDF iconAstrolabe

PDF iconGrace Darling

PDF iconCaptain GW Manby

PDF iconWreck of the East Indiaman <em>Dutton</em>

PDF iconManby's mortar

PDF iconThe wreck

PDF iconCharm

PDF iconLife jacket

PDF iconShip's wheel

PDF iconBottle

PDF iconLifeboat poem

PDF iconWindow knocker

PDF iconStuffed hen

PDF iconSaving a crew using Manby's mortar

PDF iconSaving a crew near Yarmouth pier

PDF iconModel lifeboat

PDF iconLogbook of the 'Elizabeth Simpson'

PDF iconBreeches buoy

PDF iconStranded ship

PDF iconRescue

Shipwrecks booklist

  • The lighthouse keeper's lunch – Ronda Armitage

  • A boy and a bear in a boat – Dave Shelton

  • The boy who swam with piranhas – David Almond

  • The wreck of the Zanzibar – Michael Morpurgo

  • Kensuke's Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Avoid sailing on the Titanic – David Stewart and Antram

  • Dear America: voyage on the great Titanic (the diary of Margaret Anne Brady) – Ellen Emerson White

  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

  • The Black Stallion – Walter Farley

  • The Tempest – William Shakespeare

  • The Coral Island: a tale of the Pacific Ocean – R.M. Ballantyne

  • Boy Overboard – Morris Gleitzman

  • The Lighthouse that Ran Away – Roger McGough

See other resources packs in Stories from the Sea

Partners and supporters

Stories from the Sea is a partnership between the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. The resource is funded by Arts Council England’s Museums and Schools programme.

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