Seal Island

(Great Seal Island)

43°24'56.1"N 66°00'37.4"W, Nova Scotia

Status: Natural Wonder (Island)

Only Accessible by Boat

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History

This island is the second most southernmost point in the Province of Nova Scotia (by 250 metres {820 feet}).

The island was settled in 1828 by 2 families the Hichens and the Crowells.

They used it as a base for their fishing business and helped the survivors washed ashore from the numerous shipwrecks on the island’s treacherous reefs. They also built the lighthouse on the island which still stands and is one of the oldest wooden lighthouses in Canada.

Until 1950 there was 2 settlements on the island. In 1990 all year round habitation ceased and the lighthouse staff moved off the island.

Only a birding group – dating back almost 3/4 of a century still use the island.

 

Paranormal Activity

On October 31, 1891 the brand new steamer SS Ottawa left Halifax for Saint John, New Brunswick.

Although the Seal Island lighthouse had been in sight for over an hour – there was a storm with a light drizzle and high winds – the Ottawa hit Blonde Rock at 5am during low tide.

The ship had begun to go down by the stern when a large wave capsized the ship trapping most of the crew and passengers below it and beneath the surface.

Two men managed to get out from the ship and into a lifeboat but a stewardess with them died while they escaped. Her name was Annie Lindsay and she was buried on the island. Her grave marker can be seen to this day.

Many believe her coffin was later dug up and there was evidence she was actually buried alive.

Annie’s ghost haunts the island to this day. She seems to repeat the night over and over again although she is said to be most active on Samhain and All Saint’s Day.