Flotsam and Jetsam – Might sound like cool names of friends new boats but not too cool when they interrupt a day on the water!!

Marine Debris known as Flotsam

With heavy spring rains and land erosion along Lakes Erie and Ontario this year, finding trees, picnic benches, lawn furniture and tires washed away from the shoreline is not unusual. This could be dangerous when heading toward our vessels with speed of the current and the weight of a displacement vessel.  Flotsam can be evil when it rears its ugly bow in our direction.

Marine Debris known as Jetsam

Although our local waters are not intended to be used as dumping grounds, there have been times in Maritime History when the use of deliberately throwing contents overboard was permitted in order to lighten the ship’s load.  If you ever remember reading about the Horse Latitudes, an area without any significant wind, was given its name when the vessels loaded with horses were forced to jettison the horses in order to make way.

Avoiding Jetsam and Flotsam

Both Flotsam and Jetsam are dangerous for your craft and should be avoided. Learning to read the water by noticing v-shaped ripples will assist in avoiding collision with a semi-submerged objects. This will make a difference in a good or bad day on the lake. For more information on marine safety, contact Patsy Cunningham.