In these tales, fiction is mixed with real characters and true facts. Some of the faces and sensibilities that are present in the shipwrecks are shown in them. These dramatic events mark a before and after, both in personal biographies and in the culture of the people. They reveal stories interlinked forever, social, economic, political and cultural contexts. They rescue from oblivion the daily life of a population who would throw themselves into the waters to save people and cargo. They allow us to travel to both recognisable and unknown worlds. The most apparently novelesque events turn out to be the most real. Truth is always stranger than fiction.