Cape Breton a wreck-diver’s paradise (Submitted by Michael Gerhartz) Underwater explorers Michael Gerhartz and Harvey Morash shine a light on the plaque designating the site of the Astraea shipwreck during a dive to the shipwreck in June. 11 July El Dorado: The Spanish carrack sank ... 1 January — Chancellor: Ran aground off Cape Breton Island, Canada. Fifteen miles off the northern tip of Cape Breton lies the small, jagged island of Saint Paul. • Feb. 4, 1970: Liberian oil tanker Arrow became stranded off Arichat when it struck Cerberus Rock in a storm. • Oct. 7, 1711: British warship HMS Feversham wrecked on Scatarie Island during a gale killing 102 people. There were 136 passengers and crew who died during the attack, but 101 survived the ordeal. British cannon fire struck Celebre and set off cartridges. The fire destroyed over half the remaining French fleet in Louisbourg. Hundreds of wrecks line the Cape Breton coast, and linking up with a local diving service is the best way to see them. Mar 13, 2020 - Explore adam's board "Ships, shipwrecks & underwater" on Pinterest. The highlight of Louisbourg is the refurbished 1700s French fortress, the largest reconstruction of its type in the world. Great Cape Breton Shipwreck Stories. The wreck is open to supervised recreational diving booked through licensed tour operators at Louisbourg. There were no deaths. Without the technology of a global positioning system, or a compass, ships would often hit the first land mass that’s jutting out into the ocean, he said. On The Rocks: Shipwreck Database. The barque sits under 33 metres of water off Gooseberry Cove in Little Lorraine. Interpretive exhibits illustrating lifestyle experienced by early settlers of northern Cape Breton. The coastal areas… List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1790 Ship Country Description Aurora Kingdom of Great Britain The whaler was driven ashore at the Cape of Good Hope. My mom is from Cape Breton - a place called "Bay St. “As far as I know, it’s one of the best documented shipwrecks in Nova Scotia because of its historical significance and because of the easy access,” Gerhartz said. The Irish immigrant ship Astraea ran aground at night May 8, 1834, and quickly broke up, killing 248 people. Posted by Yvonne Pasher Share your news and events for free on goCapeBreton.com The bow section of the tanker was deemed unsalvageable and was towed to deep water far offshore. In the weeks ahead, the team will gear up to examine a French warship that sank in the shallow waters of Louisbourg harbour. Cape Breton has several dive shops and charter boat services, and wreck diving is a popular activity for both natives and visitors. I now left the wheel, got on the ship’s side, and was scarcely there when the vessel was torn off by the sea and was dashed overboard on the other side. Enterprise. Copies of the Northern Shipwrecks Database featuring more than 100,000 North American shipwrecks North American are available on CD-ROM. Photo: Tony Webster, CC BY-SA 2.0. Uzzah: Let me know when you find this one: [lph5i1b6c053kq7us26bdk75-wpengine.net dna-ssl.com image 709x350] When I was in elementary school in the early 1990's in a central-Illinois town of 3,000, in music class, the teacher said that Noah's Ark was real, and she saw that they had found it under the ice on Mt. “I then saw that the ship was irrevocably lost, and determined to safe my life if I could. Some of the most notable seafaring disasters in Cape Breton’s history. Check out the best museums in Cape Breton Island to visit in 2021. It was decided a memorial plaque would rest next to the anchor. “It seemed appropriate to us to lay our plaque by the ships anchor, perhaps the last remaining recognizable part of the vessel,” Ronald Newcombe of Atlantic Aquatic Adventures in Sydney said in a letter about the experience. The ship was … A 45-minute presentation touching on 16 years of adventures and shipwreck exploration on St. Paul Island. • Dec. 1, 1824: Barque ship Jessie hit rocks on Saint Paul Island during a snowstorm. • March 22, 1911: Passenger steamer ferry SS Bruce sunk near Scatarie Island as a result of a judgment error killing two crewmen. All three vessels were destroyed in the enormous fire as they drifted across the harbour, guns spontaneously shooting off in the heat. Story continues below advertisement Exhibits include gypsum quarry, stores, church histories, shipwrecks, furnishings, school and transportation, forge, settlers’ garden. The list of shipwrecks in the 16th century includes ships sunk, wrecked or otherwise lost between (and including) the years 1501 to 1600. The mast caught fire and the small number of men aboard were unable to put it out. Researching background on the ship, the team came across a diary entry from Dr. Jerome O’Sullivan, one of the survivors of the shipwreck, and a letter written by the priest who oversaw the recovery of the bodies. The ship … “Well, that’s one of the good things (about) living in Cape Breton, you don’t have to search for them, they are so plenty,” he said with a laugh. There were 227 passengers and 33 crewmen aboard. Gerhartz said the reason for this is due to explorers and immigrants from Europe heading due west. Everest. All landed safely and were rescued 10 days later by the steamer Merritt. The documents are held in trust at the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University. “We found an anchor, we found several copper nails, copper sheeting. Jan 2, 2021 - Looking to get inspired on your trip to Cape Breton Island? Sorry you must be at least 19 years of age to consume this content. 1501–1510 1502. Main-a-Dieu, Cape Breton County, discovered two Spanish ships loaded with treasure in shallow waters off Cape Breton in recent weeks. She was later refloated. 9 August 1831. • Aug. 24, 1873: British steamer Saltwell wrecked on the Hay Island shoals near Scatarie Island during a night time gale. Only tiny pieces of scattered timber, iron and brass remain of the wreckage after years of ocean currents and saltwater taking a toll on the debris. I gained the cliff unhurt when a beam of timber (torn from the ship) struck me on the back and drove me down the current about forty yards in an opposite direction. Shipwreck charts are dotted with spots up and down the coastline of Nova Scotia, particularly its northern most point of Saint Paul Island in Cape Breton. Ships from Cape Breton would then set sail in Spring to collect and bury the bodies. This list of `Famous Shipwrecks of the Last 400 Years' details just a few of them. It is believed that the ship may have been carrying a large consignment of silver coins. It was a great tale of shipwreck hunting in, of all places, Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. • Nov. 15, 1761: Transport ship Auguste was stranded in a gale near Dingwall, killing 121 passengers and crew, but seven people managed to survive. We first have to see what we find in detail. Bridgewater Kingdom of Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on the coast of Sweden. Cape Breton Island, a large island to the northeast of the Nova Scotia mainland, is also part of the province, as is Sable Island, a small island notorious for its shipwrecks,[9] approximately 175 km (110 mi) from the province's southern coast. “However, the returning wave brought me back again, and threw me on the rock on my hands and knees; the timber drifted me off again and dashed me against another rock. Oftentimes fires could be seen from the mainland from shipwreck victims during the winter months, but due to icy conditions no vessels could come to the rescue. Lawrence." In 1782, there appeared in London the account of anoth- er Cape Breton shipwreck, by a certain S. W. Prenties, ensign of the 84th Regiment of Foot (Narrative of a Shipwreck on the Island of Cape Breton in a Voyage from Quebec 1780). A 45-minute presentation on the 2-year search for the “stern section” of the treasure ship L’Auguste, wrecked in 1761 off northern Cape Breton. Le Celebre, a 64-gun frigate, was burnt during the second siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg on July 21, 1758. Alex told the tale of how he searched for, and found, Le Chameau, a French Pay Ship, that have the full payroll of the French garrisons in the new world. Alex Storm, Cape Breton’s treasure hunter and historian, dies at age 80. Ecclair Kingdom of France The ship was lost at the Cape of Good Hope. All in all, the trip was great fun and we made some new friends. Later in the week, we joined up with a group of Canadian divers on rugged Cape Breton Island (the northern part of Nova Scotia) and spent a day diving wrecks at a remote and beautiful place called Saint Paul Island. • Oct. 18, 1814: British transport ship Sovereign wrecks on Saint Paul Island killing 202, mostly British troops; 37 survived. Originally from Germany, one of the many highlights of living in Nova Scotia has been the vast number of shipwrecks, many of which date back three centuries. There is a plaque on the ocean floor in memory of those lives lost aboard the Astrea. Cape Breton Shipwreck Stories on Amazon.com. In 1970 a vicious storm battered in the stern door of the Patrick Morris. The L’AUGUSTE Shipwreck Project. Another common Nova Scotian wreck that divers love to explore is the 17 th century Le Celebre wreck, where the Eco Divers of Cape Breton often lead expeditions that you should definitely look into! The ship was a Norwegian freighter. Revivals of Gaelic traditions have come and gone on Cape Breton Island over the decades, but the ceilidh, a ‘kitchen party’ with food, music and dance, is alive and well today. Baddeck Baddeck is a pleasant little village of 800 people on the shore of Bras d'Or Lake in Cape Breton … And unfortunately, to pillage from the lost souls, as in the case of Donald MacKay. Cape Breton Island Lilly - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Ragged Island Mary Ann - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Bay of Fundy Mary Ann - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Bay of Fundy Mary Porter - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Sable Island Orpheus - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Sable Island Sophia - 1831: 1831-01-01: Wrecked: Bay of Fundy Billow - 1831: 1831-04-09: Stranded The entire crew of 32 died. Extensive genealogy centre and archives, visitor information centre, [email protected] site. St. Paul Island, The Graveyard of the Gulf. Shipwreck charts are dotted with spots up and down the coastline of Nova Scotia, particularly its northern most point of Saint Paul Island in Cape Breton. Gerhartz, who started diving in 1992, opened his business in St. George’s Channel in 2000. Astrea // Gooseberry Cove Explore this unique Cape Breton Island cove and discover the 18 th century Astrea wreck, located 33 meters below the surface. Halifax is a sophisticated and fun city. 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