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I am currently calling this type record, an 'Interactive Subject Record' (ISR). In the case of this particular record, with the help of additional contributions, it is my plan to allow the work 'to grow'. A subject heading like this will of course result in an 'ISR file' requiring a very large amount of work. Particularly since we could be dealing with at least 220 incidents during the period c.1700 to c.1834, and many more as the time period is expanded to include the seventeenth century.
Apart from the East India Company records, the main sources are contemporary newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and narrative type publications which generally do not have copyright issues because of the date of publication. Companies like Google are fortunately flooding the Internet with suitable archive copy. Many of these internet sources and subsequent access to archival material, is available for use when giving an appropriate citation. The fact that these records are intended to be 'open source' also eases copyright issues. I have found that being open source, with the obvious need to credit the entry, will often attract contributions previously unavailable.
The amount data to be found on any particular 'ship incident' varies considerably, the key factors seem to be, incident date and subsequent survival of archive material, and, whether or not there were survivors or observers to tell the tale. The 'Status' column on the 'Index Page' will give some idea of the amount of information gathered so far. Some incidents where the wreck site has been identified, particularly those carrying what the Company archives often refer to as 'Treasure', may have resulted in 'Extensive Research' and generally, for copyright reasons, these sources of information will only be listed on the References / Bibliography page. Modern salvage and archaeological reports/publications will be referenced when available.
One of the key attributes of ISR files are the Hyperlinks and Search facility, and of course the fact they can be readily edited, corrected and expanded. Where possible I have transcribed the records as written by the original author. Spellings, punctuation (or lack of) and use of the capital letter vary throughout the years. A few of the original records which have illegible areas, and some, which have been scanned and poorly digitised, have been 'guessed at' to ensure readability. If this could effect the historical credibility a '?' has been added. Where there are variations in spelling these have been added to ensure they are picked up by the Search facility.
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