Foreign News: The Low Island

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...

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