This is based upon the words of Mr W Sharrah who wrote a pamphlet entitled "Tales from the sea"
Mr W Sharrah, compiled a book of tales from the sea. He had countless stories of sad tales. He read numerous accounts of ships lost in fearful gales. Women came up to him and informed them of their own sad loss: A brother lost or a husband who never returned.
On one occasion he was approached by a female who said
"I wanted to see you very much because you take such an interest in sailors - my mother died at sea, and I have had three brothers drowned at sea - one of my brothers was lost at the mouth of the Thames, another went down in the river Tyne, and the other has not been heard of since he sailed, which is now two years ago; and whether I am a widow, and these three children fatherless, I cannot say, nothing having been heard of the ship in which my husband sailed for many months."
Many women would never hear of what became of their loved ones. They would sit by the fireside getting steadily more depressed as their husbands return was long overdue. Eventually they have to accept that they had become widows. No one witnessed the ships as they were engulfed by some tempest. No one survived the tragedy. Eventually they would tell the tale of how "the ship was lost with all hands." But that is all that they ever heard.