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Or shipwrecked, kindles on the coast
False fires, that others may be lost.

A Shipwreck is what remains of a ship that has wrecked, either sunk or beached, or the event that caused the wreck, such as the striking of something that causes the ship to sink, the stranding of the ship on rocks, land or shoal, or the destruction of the ship at sea by violent weather.


  • It was a touching answer of a Christian sailor, when asked why he remained so calm in a fearful storm, when the sea seemed ready to devour the ship. He was not sure that he could swim. "But," he said, "though I sink I shall only drop into the hollow of my Father's hand; for He holds all these waters there."
    • William Arnot, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 281.
  • Some hoisted out the boats, and there was one
    That begged Pedrillo for an absolution,
    Who told him to be damn'd,—in his confusion.
  • Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell—
    Then shriek'd the timid, and stood still the brave,—
    Then some leap'd overboard with fearful yell,
    As eager to anticipate their grave.
  • Again she plunges! hark! a second shock
    Bilges the splitting vessel on the rock;
    Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries,
    The fated victims shuddering cast their eyes
    In wild despair; while yet another stroke
    With strong convulsion rends the solid oak:
    Ah Heaven!—behold her crashing ribs divide!
    She loosens, parts, and spreads in ruin o'er the tide.
  • And fast through the midnight dark and drear,
    Through the whistling sleet and snow,
    Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
    Towards the reef of Norman's Woe.
  • O, I have suffer'd
    With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,
    Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,
    Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knock
    Against my very heart! Poor souls, they perished.
  • A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged,
    Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
    Instinctively have quit it.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 704.
  • Through the black night and driving rain
    A ship is struggling, all in vain,
    To live upon the stormy main;—
    Miserere Domine!
  • But hark! what shriek of death comes in the gale,
    And in the distant ray what glimmering sail
    Bends to the storm?—Now sinks the note of fear!
    Ah? wretched mariners!—no more shall day
    Unclose his cheering eye to light ye on your way!
  • Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.
  • Improbe Neptunum accusat, qui iterum naufragium facit.
    • He wrongly accuses Neptune, who makes shipwreck a second time.
    • Syrus, Gellius, 17. 14; Macrobius, Satires, II, 7.
  • Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vasto.
    • Here and there they are seen swimming in the vast flood.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), I. 118.
  • Or shipwrecked, kindles on the coast
    False fires, that others may be lost.

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