Many people perished on Lake Geneva. Don’t be fooled by its appearance: the lake can be unpredictable. A dozen or so main winds blow across the lake, making it resemble a small inland sea: Bise, Bise Noire, Vent, Joran, Vaudaire, Maurabia, Bornan, Malan… They sometimes sweep the lake waters into an impetuous whirlpool whose fury capsizes boats. On stormy days, certain waves create oceanic rollers that can reach up to a hundred meters. 6 metres high. In foggy weather, sailors have reported seeing the evanescent silhouette of a phantom steamer disappear into the mist. But it’s not just the weather that’s to blame. The misguidedness of men is at the root of many tragedies.