Contest #482: Sable Island, off Nova Scotia Canada

Roughly 190 miles (300 km) SE of Nova Scotia, Sable Island was long known as the graveyard of the North Atlantic. Over 350 ships have been lost in those waters, the first recorded being HMS Delight in 1583, the last being the steamer Manhasset in 1947. That being said some of the wreckage from the ill fated Andrea Gail, sunk during the perfect storm of 1991 washed up on the shore there.

Probably the most famous wreck is that of the Gloucester schooner Columbia that went down in 1927. In an eerie moment in 1928 the trawler Venosta dragged her up, masts still intact although clearly damaged. Venosta’s lines snapped, and Columbia returned to her watery grave.

Sable Island is the subject of extensive scientific research. A wide range of manual and automated instruments are used at the Station, including the Automated Weather Observing System operated by the Meteorological Service of Canada, an aerology program measuring conditions in the upper atmosphere using a radiosonde carried aloft by a hydrogen-filled weather balloon to altitudes beyond 40 km (25 mi), and a program collecting data on background levels of carbon dioxide, which began there in 1974.

Sable Island Station:

Resident horses:

Weather beaten boat:

Probably not on the official roster of wrecks, but clearly abandoned:


Those who found the site before the hint:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Gyorgy Horvath
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Glenmorren
  • Lelie
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • George, Esq
  • Jeather
  • mehmet durmus
  • Tuxedo Jones

and after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • landsend