Salanio: Now, what news on the Rialto?
Salarino: Why, yet it lives there unchecked that Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wracked on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous fiat, and fatal, where the carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried.
Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 1
For nearly 1,000 years, brave and able seamen have feared the Goodwin Sands, a ten-mile sandbank just north of Dover. Thousands of ships have foundered in their sucking sands; with the hulks are buried tens of thousands of seamen, and cargoes of gold, silver and...