There are numerous regions that can legitimately lay claim to the title “Graveyard of the ...”. These are not necessarily the world’s most dangerous waters, though each presents it’s significant challenges, but generally the most heavily traveled
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Although shipwrecks are often associated with oceans, the Great Lakes
hold an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 sunken ships. About 1,000 Great Lakes
shipwrecks have been identified, and about 10 new ships are discovered annually. Historian Mark L. Thompson (“Graveyard of the Lakes”) claims there have been as many as 25,000 wrecks on the Great Lakes over the past 300 years.
In 1871 alone, 1,167 disasters were recorded. In the two decades between 1878 and 1898, the United States Commissioner of Navigation
reported 5,999 vessels wrecked on the Great Lakes and 1,093 of these were total losses. 1905 was a particularly bad year on the Lakes with 271 vessels damaged, 54 of which were lost
through the stress of weather
Some “Graveyards of the Atlantic”
~ The Entire North Carolina
Coast (Cape Hatteras & Outer Banks) - Historians estimate that over 1,000 ships have been lost
along the N. C. coast
~ Sable Island has claimed over 350 recorded shipwrecks since 1583.
~ Cape Cod
- between Truro and Wellfleet alone, there have been more than 1,000 wrecks.
Some “Graveyards of the Pacific”
~ Vancover Island, BC, Canada
contains 1.5 shipwrecks per mile. Between 1803 and 1972, there were more than 450 shipwrecks along this treacherous stretch of coastline.
~ Bass Strait, the narrow stretch of water
that lies between Tasmania and Mainland Australia
(375 miles/600 km long by 185 miles/300 km wide), has over 700 shipwrecks.
~ Mouth of the Columbia
River - Almost 2000 ships & 700 lives have been lost along the Long Beach Penninsula.