Stories from the Sea: Shipwrecks

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 icon After the Clock Stopped

PDF icon Freeze Frame

PDF icon Soundscape description

PDF icon Talking figureheads

PDF icon What is it?

PDF icon Sensational shipwreck poems

PDF icon Word Tennis warm-up

PDF icon Twitter tales

PDF icon Shipwrecked in a strange land

PDF icon Shape poems

Shipwrecks objects and images

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

PDF icon Catching a mermaid

PDF icon Titanic toy pig

PDF icon Titanic watch

PDF icon Titanic newspaper

PDF icon Titanic slippers

PDF icon Female figurehead

PDF icon Indipendenza

PDF icon Armada map

PDF icon Astrolabe

PDF icon Grace Darling

PDF icon Captain GW Manby

PDF icon Wreck of the East Indiaman <em>Dutton</em>

PDF icon Manby's mortar

PDF icon The wreck

PDF icon Charm

PDF icon Life jacket

PDF icon Ship's wheel

PDF icon Bottle

PDF icon Lifeboat poem

PDF icon Window knocker

PDF icon Stuffed hen

PDF icon Saving a crew using Manby's mortar

PDF icon Saving a crew near Yarmouth pier

PDF icon Model lifeboat

PDF icon Logbook of the 'Elizabeth Simpson'

PDF icon Breeches buoy

PDF icon Stranded ship

PDF icon Rescue

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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