The presence of the Cape Forchu Light Station did not always guarantee safe passage for mariners. As late as the 1950s, human error, storms, rough seas, and freak accidents caused many vessels to shipwreck along this rocky coastline.
• March 19, 1952 - The City of New York ran aground on Chebogue Ledge. No lives were lost. Originally named Samson, this vessel is widely suspected to be the 'mystery ship' that did not come to the aid of the Titanic.
• December 4, 1930 - The Linton ran aground on West Cape during a heavy snowstorm. The entire crew of eight was lost.
• 1918 - The passenger service steamship SS North Star ran aground on Green Island. No lives were lost.
• February 3, 1902 - The steamship Mira ran aground at Chebogue Point. All on board were saved.
• October 10, 1900 - The paddle steamer City of Monticello sank five miles west of Yarmouth Cape between Port Maitland and Sandford during a heavy gale. 36 lives were lost.