And when ships and their crews got stuck in remote locations, finding supplies was a priority; survival was all but impossible, after all, without fresh food and water. Many voyages were doomed to fail, however. Indeed, there are several stories of entire ships becoming lost at sea along with their passengers and crew – and these vessels have apparently never been found, either.
Thankfully, though, as the centuries have passed, advances in technology have meant that safety at sea has improved. Many modern ships now boast highly sophisticated electronic navigational apparatus, for instance. And such systems typically use a combination of GPS and radar to not only locate a particular craft, but also to track the other boats and obstacles that are within range of the given vessel.
Alongside these improvements in navigation technology, modern ships are also more ably equipped to deal with emergencies. Many precautionary measures were made mandatory following the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, and lots of them are still implemented in maritime practices to this day.