Cape Elizabeth Shipwrecks

The rocky coastline of Cape Elizabeth has sent many a vessel to a watery grave. Historically, the shores of Cape Elizabeth were a dangerous place where ships could be wrecked with even the most experienced sailors at the helm. The pounding waves and gusty winds of a gale could disorient a captain and crew, pummel a ship, or force it into the rocks. Lighthouses and buoys warned of the rocky ledges that stuck haphazardly into the ocean and the reefs that lay just beneath the surface of the water but avoiding these hazards was difficult. When combined with bad weather, the area was treacherous. An estimated one hundred ships have gone down off the coast of Cape Elizabeth.