Why do Shipwrecks Happen? ... poor navigation

Prior to the 19th century, mariners had to work with unreliable charts, few lighthouses and they lacked accurate tools to determine their position at sea.

Even with good navigational aids, mariners make mistakes. “Judgement error” and “navigational error” remain two of the most common causes of wrecks.

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