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Some Shipwrecks of Brier Island, Nova Scotia

Some Shipwrecks of Brier Island, Nova Scotia

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Compiled by Art MacKay for a Parks Canada Study. The Brier Island area has claimed many ships. The heavy and frequent swell, the shoals and the rugged coastline virtually ensured difficulty for vessels which wander off course. Powell (1963) has summarized some of the local wrecks as follows: When increased sea traffic came to the Bay of Fundy it was realized that Brier Island was a sea hazard to shipping, So, in 1809, the second lighthouse was ...
Compiled by Art MacKay for a Parks Canada Study. The Brier Island area has claimed many ships. The heavy and frequent swell, the shoals and the rugged coastline virtually ensured difficulty for vessels which wander off course. Powell (1963) has summarized some of the local wrecks as follows: When increased sea traffic came to the Bay of Fundy it was realized that Brier Island was a sea hazard to shipping, So, in 1809, the second lighthouse was ...

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Some Shipwrecks of Brier Island, Nova Scotia
Compiled by Art MacKay for a Parks Canada Study 
 The Brier Island area has claimed many ships. The heavy and frequent swell, the shoals and the rugged coast-
line virtually ensured difculty for vessels which wander off course. Powell (1963) has summarized some of the
local wrecks as follows:
When increased sea trafc came to the Bay of Fundy it was realized that Brier Island was a sea hazard to ship
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 ping, So, in 1809, the second lighthouse between Halifax and Saint John was constructed on the western sideof Brier Island.It is possible that Brier Island holds the record for lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast, averaging one per mile asits total length is only three miles. From the lists of wrecks at or near this Island there is evidently a need for theoperation of these lighthouses. Following is an account of most of these recorded.The Jennie B. Thomas was wrecked at Peters Island December 30, 1897. The schooner Shaffner Brotherswas wrecked on Gull Rock Bar, January 11, 1906. The Lennie Burrill grounded on Peters Island Shoal, Febru
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ary 12, 1900. She was later oated but the crew deserted ship and refused to rejoin the vessel when she wasreoated.The barque Aurora was wrecked on Brier Island November27, 1908. She was loaded with lumber and much of her cargo was washed up on the shore. The IOOF Hall was constructed from some of this lumber.The schooner Mina German went ashore at Southern Point Febraury 8, 1912.The steamer Cobequid was wrecked at Trinity Rock January 13, 1914. The S.S. Westport III, commanded by Captain Edgar MacKinnon went to the assistance of the stranded ship. The crew of the Cobequid, through theefforts of the complement of the Westport, were heroically saved. But Captain MacKinnon, while effecting therescue, received injuries which compelled him to give up his active seafaring career. Each received an en
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graved watch for his part in saving the lives of the men on the Cobequid.The Corinthian, a large ocean-going ship, was wrecked on North-West Ledge, December, 1918. She had cleared from St. John with a full cargo of hams, bacons and other food products for the British Isles. The shipwas a total loss and her cargo found its way to every port in Western Nova Scotia.
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