The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Shipwrecks, Collisions and Accidents in St. Lawrence/Great Lakes W aterway, 1848-1900
Publication:
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Apr 1996, p. 43-66


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Creator:
Camu, Pierre, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Articles
Description:
There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular results, often involving losses of vessels and lives and leaving as mute testimony smashed ships, floating debris or empty lifeboats. In many cases, shipwrecks are associated with major natural disturbances, such as gales, hurricanes, snow storms, intense fog or strong currents; sometimes, they are related to dangers inherent in particular stretches of water. But the existence of a wreck is not necessarily indicative of the hazardousness of navigation, since there are numerous other reasons for accidents, including errors of judgement, displacement of cargo and faulty equipment. A n y analysis of the reason for shipwrecks must do more than simply plot and narrate the most famous.1 In this essay I will analyze the patterns and causes of wrecks in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and Gulf.2 A number of conclusions arise from the study, but perhaps the most important is the improved safety associated with the transition from wind to steam and wood to steel.
Date of Publication:
Apr 1996
Date Of Event:
1848-1900
Subject(s):
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Quebec, Canada
    Latitude: 48.25 Longitude: -62
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.196666 Longitude: -74.331388
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Copyright Holder:
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation:
The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, VI, No. 2 (April 1996), 43-66.
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
Shipwrecks, Collisions and Accidents in St. Lawrence/Great Lakes W aterway, 1848-1900
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Shipwrecks, Collisions and Accidents in St. Lawrence/Great Lakes W aterway, 1848-1900


There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular results, often involving losses of vessels and lives and leaving as mute testimony smashed ships, floating debris or empty lifeboats. In many cases, shipwrecks are associated with major natural disturbances, such as gales, hurricanes, snow storms, intense fog or strong currents; sometimes, they are related to dangers inherent in particular stretches of water. But the existence of a wreck is not necessarily indicative of the hazardousness of navigation, since there are numerous other reasons for accidents, including errors of judgement, displacement of cargo and faulty equipment. A n y analysis of the reason for shipwrecks must do more than simply plot and narrate the most famous.1 In this essay I will analyze the patterns and causes of wrecks in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and Gulf.2 A number of conclusions arise from the study, but perhaps the most important is the improved safety associated with the transition from wind to steam and wood to steel.