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Saving the Wrecks

Heroes and villains are made in the process of the rescue and salvage of shipwrecks

Many attempts have been made to set up systems for rescuing ships and shipwreck victims on Canada’s Pacific coast. Specialised equipment, organisations dedicated to saving lives, and a chain of lighthouses standing guard along the coastline have made ocean travel around Vancouver Island safer, but still not without danger.

Collecting the remains of wrecked ships, called salvaging, is an industry that many have participated in, both legally and illegally. Once those aboard wrecked vessels are safe or accounted for, crews go out to help the boat limp back to safe harbour, or, if the worst occurs, to take what cargo they can before the ocean does.

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