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Pilgrim's Trench

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Shipwrecksicon Pilgrim's Trench
Skyrim Pilgrims Trench
Trench map
Hold Winterhold
Location West-Northwest of Winterhold
Type Shipwreck
Characters None

Pilgrim's Trench is a ship located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is an explorable location of ship debris located due northwest of Winterhold. The location includes several chests aboard the wrecked ships, containing gold, potions, and possibly ebony ingots. To get to the ship, being an Argonian or having the Waterbreathing spell or potion or wearing Volsung can help.


  • The ship itself is likely to be called the 'Eye of Talos', as Windhelm guards mention the wreck of the Eye of Talos to the north, marking the location of Pilgrim's Trench on the map.
  • Pilgrim's Trench is marked above ground by a small island which is the location of Trius' Camp.
    • Trius was originally meant to appear at the camp site as a bandit mage, starting the quest Trius' Trinket when talked to. The quest however has never been finished by the developers and is left incomplete and inconclusive inside Skyrim's datafiles, giving only mention of the quest's objectives and the intended reward, an undisclosed spell. The incomplete quest has the ID-name dunShipwreck04QST.
    • During Trius' Trinket, the Dragonborn would have been tasked with retrieving a small jewelry box from the wreckage below the sea. Once the box had been obtained, Trius would have taught the player an undisclosed spell.
    • There is no mention of Shelly in the original quest data. As Trius was meant to be a bandit mage, along with the original quest title hinting at a trinket, it's likely that Shelly's background story is a mere stop-gap for the much more elaborate story the original quest would have brought.
  • Several Salmon can be seen swimming in and around the sunken ships, likely using the ships as a reef.


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  • Location of Pilgrim's Trench

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    • Jonesy95 wrote: wrote:No Jonesy95, in the box that talks about it it is incorrect-the one North of Yngol Barrow is the Winter War-...
    • wrote:Jonesy95 wrote: wrote:No Jonesy95, in the box that talks about it it is incorrect-the one North of Yngol Bar...

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