A tempestuous isle of 1,000 shipwrecks

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A tempestuous isle of 1,000 shipwrecks

By Anna Bressanin & Anne Banas 24 May 2017
Between 500 and 1,000 shipwrecks were recorded around Quebec’s isolated Magdalen Islands – and the descendants of the resilient survivors live to tell their stories.

via BBC – Travel – A tempestuous isle of 1,000 shipwrecks



An ancestry all on one island

In those days, there were few lighthouses or accurate charts, and heavy winds, fog and rocky waters made navigation a game of guessing and dexterity. As a result, many passengers perished and were buried among the sand dunes. Only the most resilient survived, ultimately forfeiting their intended journeys and building a new life along the islands’ tempestuous shores…..