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An Ocean Graveyard.

Sable Island, a barren spot of land,. which hao earned the ill-omened title of; an ocean graveyard, lies some 90 miles south-east of Nova Scotia. The wreck charts of the present century tell us (states the.London "Globe") that nearly 300 vessels have gone to pieces on the sandbanks that stretch for miles round its dangerous const, while them is little doabfc time the list of fatal casualties would be nearly doubled were all known ; for after every great storm the lighthouse-keepers see wreckage floating about, and bodies are washed ashore! that are given a last resting-place m the little churchyard of the island. The neighborhood is inexpressibly. and most: peculiarly dangerous, for the remarkable* shrinkage of Sable Island wifchiifc the past 200 years has caused the formation of a va&t expanse of shifting sandbank only just covered by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For miles where nothing but open sea appears small fishing boats will ground, while cross currents render navigation exceedingly difficult and full of peril. In early maps Sable Island is. represented as stretching 40 miles from north to south, and 2^ miles across m its broadest part. Now its length measures no more than 20 riiiles, and. its breadth 1 mile. It has drifted 20 miles eastward m recent times, and its shape is yet constantly changing. The latest information obtained fro^ii the steamer periodically Sent by the Canadian Government is that the island is disappearing more rapidly than ever under the combined assaults of the winds and waves, and that it will m all probability eventually disappear, leaving nothing behind it but shallows morĀ« deadly to passing vessels than the sandy, grass-covered hills that yet remain. When to the list of perils that invariably arise from the sandbanks so dreaded by sailors are added the fogs that so frequently shroud the whole neighborhood, it is easy to understand how the district has earned its too-well known title of "An Ocean Graveyard."

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An Ocean Graveyard., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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An Ocean Graveyard. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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