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6794 / On the wreck
6795 / Off the wreck
6798 / Wrecked on the coast
6801 / Is quite a wreck

ex The Universal Code of Signals (Marryat, Richardson, 1864) [ here ]

Shipwreck, as seen by a survivor, is the figure of an initial philosophical experience. It is said that the founder of the Stoic school, Zeno of Cition, was shipwrecked with a cargo of Phoenician purple dye near Piraeus and was led thereby to philosophy, summing up... "I was first fortunate in seafaring when I was shipwrecked".

ex Hans Blumenberg, Shipwreck with Spectator : Paradigm of a metaphor for existence. Translated by Steven Rendall. (1979, MIT Press 1997): 12 [ here ]

Some commentators are not so sure about the solidity of land, however.

22 May 2012