• Shipwrecked. Engraved by Frank French
    Shipwrecked. Engraved by Frank French
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shipwreck destroy a ship "The vessel was shipwrecked"
    • v shipwreck cause to experience shipwreck "They were shipwrecked in one of the mysteries at sea"
    • v shipwreck suffer failure, as in some enterprise
    • v shipwreck ruin utterly "You have shipwrecked my career"
    • n shipwreck a wrecked ship (or a part of one)
    • n shipwreck an accident that destroys a ship at sea
    • n shipwreck an irretrievable loss "that was the shipwreck of their romance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shipwreck Kelly (1885-1952) set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.
    • Shipwreck A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage.
    • Shipwreck Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss. "Holding faith and a good conscience, which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck .""It was upon an Indian bill that the late ministry had made shipwreck ."
    • Shipwreck The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves.
    • Shipwreck To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck; as, to shipwreck a business.
    • Shipwreck To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a tempest. "Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shipwreck The destruction or loss of a vessel by foundering at sea, by striking on a rock or shoal, or the like; the wreck of a ship.
    • n shipwreck Total failure; destruction; ruin.
    • n shipwreck Shattered remains, as of a vessel which has been wrecked; wreck; wreckage.
    • shipwreck To wreck; subject to the perils and distress of shipwreck.
    • shipwreck To wreck; ruin; destroy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shipwreck the wreck or destruction of a ship: destruction
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  • Charles De Gaulle
    “Old age is a shipwreck.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Society in shipwreck is comfort to all.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scipscippan, to make—scapan, to shape; Goth. skip, Ice. skip, Ger. schiff.


In literature:

The republic of letters has suffered irreparable losses by shipwrecks.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
A Story of Shipwreck, and Adventure in the Wilds of Australia.
"The Cockatoo's Story" by Mrs. George Cupples
I could not in decency expose you to share the disgrace of another and more public shipwreck.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But when the brother has saved the shipwrecked sailor, his work is done.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Alice Asbury has made shipwreck of hers.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
They were shipwrecks from the ocean of humanity, drifted up on the last beach.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Here they found four shipwrecked youths, who proved to be the sons of Phryxus, and were greeted by Jason as his cousins.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
They claim to have come from Dawson not very long ago, being shipwrecked on the way, and losing their outfit.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Several times Ned and Jack found themselves put to their best efforts in order to stem the tide, and keep from meeting with shipwreck.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson

In poetry:

Where the flotsam of the deep
Finds its wanderings cease,
And the shipwrecked sink to sleep
On the strand of peace.
"Weariness" by John Lawson Stoddard
No song breaks with it on the violent air,
But shrieks of shame, defeat, and brute despair;
Yet something at the star's heart far up there
Burns as a beacon in our shipwrecked sight.
"A Year's Burden -- 1870" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And I think of tumbling seas,
'Neath cruel, lonely skies;
And shipwrecked sailors over these
Stretching their hungry eyes,--
Eyes dimmed with wasting tears for weary years on years,--
"A Lonely Moment" by Susan Coolidge
All through the night I long for you,
As shipwrecked men in tropics yearn
For the fresh flow of streams and springs.
My fevered fancies follow you
As dying men in deserts turn
Their thoughts to clear and chilly things.
"Three Songs Of Zahir-u-Din" by Laurence Hope
The wind sweeps weirdly o'er the heaven to-night,
Weirdly and black, as though from guilty deeds,--
From some sad shipwreck, it has taken flight,
Leaving the drowning in their direful plight--
Leaving the drown'd low waving in the weeds.
"Star In The East" by Walter Richard Cassels
A wild nor'-easter started when we left the harbour first,
And all the weary voyage through we'd weather of the worst,
He'd tales to tell of hurricanes, and shipwrecks many a one,
And we thought there'd be another before the cruise was done.
"The Jonah" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Lower Great Lakes levels reveal Michigan shipwrecks.
Shipwreck fragment found at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Grand Haven's ' graveyard for vessels' likely holds additional shipwrecks.
07&4 Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix interviews Bruce Lynn, Operations Manager of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society about the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinking.
It's a new exhibit called Shipwreck.
The Shipwreck-themed house had a ship's wheel, small telescope and mini rock climbing wall.
Joseph Heher shoots a rainbow at Shipwreck's Beach at the Grand Hyatt Kauai .
Wisconsin town to honor 100th anniversary of Lake Michigan shipwreck.
Charlie Brooker, Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan , and Louis C.K.
The dessert course in the recreation of the last meal served on the Titanic, marking the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck.
Researcher zeros in on historic shipwreck.
The weather the day they went shipwreck hunting was too poor to go out as far as they thought the Roberval was buried.
The lakebed is actually littered with artifacts, like a WWI German U-Boat, dozens of WWII planes and more than a few noteworthy shipwrecks .
Unusually heavy surf has exposed the steel skeleton of an old shipwreck on the southern Oregon Coast.
Adventure Landing Shipwreck Island in Jacksonville Beach.