This section features ten stories
of shipwrecks along the Vancouver Island coast. Here, you
can learn about how shipwrecks became dramatic and terrifying
events in people’s lives.
We have created a special “shipwrecks
newspaper” for you to read, called the Shipwreck Times.
In each article, the terrors of a wreck, the anticipation
of news at the home port, and sometimes even the joy of
rescue are there for you to explore. Sometimes, those aboard
a wrecked ship did not survive to tell their tale, or their
experiences of the events were different from others who
were also there. This means that we do not know all of the
details, or that there are several very different versions
of the same story. Here, we have taken quotes from interviews,
historic newspaper articles, official statements and even
a journal entry to make the Shipwreck Times pieces vivid
and exciting. You can read about the sources in the citations
section, and find out where to learn more in the bibliography.
Like all great
adventures, life on the ocean gives
us champions to admire and cowards
to despise. The Boston, Tonquin and
Lord Western date back to the early
years of trade and exploration by
Americans and Europeans around Vancouver
Island. The USS Suwanee and the USS
Saranac wrecks involve dramatic encounters
with coastal geography. The Ericsson
was once an engineering wonder, and
the HMS Condor presents a genuine
shipwreck mystery. The losses of the
Carelmapu and the Valencia are tragic
and mysterious tales and the Uzbekistan
and the Vanlene wrecks are examples
of how even modern freighters
are not safe from the rough coast.
We can share in these stories as they
take us above and below the ocean.
Reading The Shipwreck Times