Shipwrecks of the past and present are all the result of a number of factors that combined to cause disaster. Ignorance of the local geography, a tired and overworked crew, a vessel unfit to sail, surprise winds and greedy shipping agents who overload on cargo have all contributed to the wreck of ships and the loss of lives off the Vancouver Island coast.

Geographical obstacles require the skill of a trained and watchful navigator. There are some legendary features on the coastline that have pierced many a hull and grounded many vessels. The Vancouver Island landscape was formed by glaciation, and the deep waters and vertical, rocky cliffs create a unique environment for coastal ships.

The best way to avoid these hazards that claimed so many travellers is to be aware of the vessel and the environment, but even modern Global Positioning Equipment and safety systems can’t keep all mariners safe from shipwrecks.

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