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[ Also see Boating Navigation Ocean Ships Storms Traveling Water ]

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.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 44)

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.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 52)

A shipwrecked sailor on this coast bids you set sail. Full many a gallant ship ere we were lost weathered the gale.
      - Epitaph,
        inscription on a Greek sailor's tombstone

In vain, alas! the sacred shades of yore
  Would arm the mind with philosophic lore,
    In vain they'd teach us, at the latest breath,
      To smile serene amid the pangs of death.
      - William Falconer

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.
      - William Falconer, Shipwreck
         (canto III, l. 642)

He who has suffered shipwreck, fears to sail
  Upon the seas, though with a gentle gale.
      - Robert Herrick

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.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Wreck of the Hesperus (st. 15)

Each man makes his own shipwreck.
  [Lat., Naufragium sibi quisque facit.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 499)

Through the black night and driving rain
  A ship is struggling, all in vain,
    To live upon the stormy main;--
      Miserere Domine!
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, The Storm

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!
      - Mrs. Ann Ward Radcliffe,
        Mysteries of Udolpho--Shipwreck

In few, they hurried us aboard a bark,
  Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepared
    A rotten carcass of a butt, not rigged,
      Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
        Instinctively have quit it.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Prospero at I, ii)

O, I have suffered
  With those that I saw suffer! a brave vessel
    (Who had no doubt some noble creature in her)
      Dashed all to pieces! O, the cry did knock
        Against my very heart! Poor souls, they perished!
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Miranda at I, ii)

Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House
         (at III)

He wrongly accuses Neptune, who makes shipwreck a second time.
  [Lat., Inprobe Neptunum accusat, qui iterum naufragium facit.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Sententiae
         (l. 264)

Here and there they are seen swimming in the vast flood.
  [Lat., Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vasto.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 118)

Or shipwrecked, kindles on the coast
  False fires, that others may be lost.
      - William Wordsworth, To the Lady Fleming

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