For many centuries, a series of marine disasters in one of the Atlantic regions was a big mystery. The northern part of the Atlantic Ocean is justifiably called the “tomb of the ships.”
Mariners tried to bypass the “ghost island” tenth side, if only to get to their destination alive. According to various sources, from 350 to 500 ships found their last refuge near Sable Island.
Atlantic “cemetery of a thousand dead ships”
Sable’s gloomy glory testifies to the incredible number of shipwrecks that occurred here. For centuries, sailors have been telling word-of-mouth legends associated with this place, calling the island a “ghost”, a “deadly saber” and the “tomb of the Atlantic.”
Sable Island – Atlantic Ship Cemetery
Who owns the ill-fated Sable discovery remains a mystery. This is attributed to themselves and the Norwegians, and the French, and the British. Perhaps the island was discovered by the Portuguese in the 16th century. There is also a version that Sable was discovered by the French traveler Jean de Leri, who gave the island its name. But most truly, the true discoverers rested on the seabed many centuries ago, and their names will remain a blank spot in history forever.
Sable Island officially owned by Canada
On a note! The island is a nature reserve and belongs to Canada.
Prior to the advent of more accurate navigation instruments and satellite mapping, crossing the Atlantic around Sable Island was like a miracle.
For five centuries, the name “Sable” (from English “horror”) alone inspired fear. In fact, “Sable” has another, more scientific interpretation. Translated from French, “Sable” means “sand”. Indeed, the island is solid sand. But he has a fantastic feature – he migrates all over the Atlantic!
Living Island: Grave for hundreds of ships
Scientists have found that there are two currents near the island – the warm Gulf Stream and the cold Labrador Current. It is their “conflict” that makes the water “boil”, creating dizzying whirlpools.
Mysterious Sable Island – Atlantic Ship Cemetery
The island is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 180 km from Nova Scotia. In the form of a saber, it is small in size – only 38.5 per 1.5 km. Moreover, if the width is variable, then the length of the island never changes!
Due to the fact that the island is in constant motion, the danger of stranded here is one of the highest in the world. In addition, hopeless mists can stand on the island for many weeks, alternating with explosive storms. And only one month of the year, in July, Sable calms down.
Sable Island Lighthouse
Sand dunes, sparse vegetation and strong winds – the climate on Sable is harsh. The island constantly “adjusts” to the color of sea waves and changes its relief. And quicksands literally in a matter of months drag in huge vessels.
“Anomalous zone” – this is the name of the place for scientists. The “brother” of the Bermuda Triangle, due to the many shipwrecks that occurred in the ever-changing water area of the island, is interested not only in geological scientists, but also in ufologists. There were even versions of its alien origin.
Mysterious Sable Island
There is only a weather station on the island, so 15 people serving it are all the inhabitants of the island. This government of Canada in the 20th century decided to somehow secure the ships plying past the islands, setting up a weather station here and building a lighthouse.
It is interesting! The last shipwreck occurred in the Sable area in 1947 when the steamer Manhasset collided with an island. The whole team was saved.
Since something was constantly happening to people on the island, it was decided to take the lighthouse offline and remove the watch method of servicing it. Therefore, there are literally a dozen people with an extremely persistent psyche, we must assume. Indeed, more than once the station staff told about visions and ghosts.
Wild horses are the only inhabitants of the mysterious skeleton of Sable
The main “aborigines” of Sable are wild horses, which number about 300 here. In addition, Sable is a true archaeological find. Here, relics of the past are constantly searched for. So, according to estimates, the total value of the value of the sunken ships here is about two million pounds!
Visit the island is difficult, but possible. Unless, of course, take a chance. The decision is made by the Department of Transportation of Canada. On a ship it is better to sail to the island in July-August. Helicopter travel costs in October. In the remaining months – stay at home, do not replenish the “arsenal” of victims of Sable.
Inexplicable but the fact
The island moves at a speed of two hundred meters per year! To find out its exact topographic location is subject only to satellites. Over the last century of observation, the island “moved” 20 km east.
Migrating Sable Island – Atlantic Mystery
The wandering island for many years has been a source of secrets and legends. Many of which still have no scientific explanation. For example, from the point of view of science, any island is a kind of top of the seamount. The mountain is part of a tectonic plate. There are many such plates on Earth, and they are able to move no faster than a few millimeters per year. How can an island roam to a distance of up to 230 m annually? Scientists suppose: the island is not connected with either the mountain or the bottom of the ocean. Why and how is this possible? No answer. One thing is clear: Sable keeps his secrets perfectly.