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Author Name:    ARMSTRONG, Bruce. RADDALL, Thomas, foreword.

Title:   Sable Island. An imaginative and exciting journey to the world's northern Galapagos, and an eloquent plea for the preservation of a unique and timeless part of Nova Scotia. New Edition, Paperback.

Publisher:    Formac Publishing Company Limited, Halifax, 2010, ISBN:9780887809118 2010

ISBN Number:   0887809111 / 9780887809118

Seller ID:   111461

ARMSTRONG, Bruce. Sable Island. [Front cover adds: "An imaginative and exciting journey to the world's northern Galapagos, and an eloquent plea for the preservation of a unique and timeless part of Nova Scotia"]. Halifax : Formac Publishing Company Limited, (2010). Pp. (6),7-192. Illustrated in colour. Double column. Large oblong 8vo (253 x 233 mm), photo-illustrated cardcovers with blue & grey spine, black & brown lettering to front cover & spine.

Bruce Owen Armstrong, né David Chalmers (b. 1933, Montreal - d. January 22, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia), aka Uncle Max and Magic Armstrong, magician, writer, gentleman.

Cover photo by Zoe Lucas.

"Sable Island is the world's most mysterious and notorious sandbar, situated 160 kilometres off the shore of southeast Nova Scotia. The island is currently receiving much attention because of its new designation as a National Park. Known for centuries as 'The Graveyard of the Atlantic,' its forty-kilometre length has claimed over five hundred ships since the earliest adventurers and fishing vessels sailed to North America. Even today Sable presents serious problems to navigators. The home of the world's last herds of wild horses, the island is a fragile, shifting crescent of sand and grass whose beauty and violence has fascinated and inspired countless adventurers, writers, artists and scientists for over three hundred years.

Bruce Armstrong takes the reader on a personal journey to Sable. He brings to life the early shipwrecks, lifesaving establishments and settlement attempts that have marked the island's long and varied hisory. There are ghost stories, tales of exceptional bravery and first-hand imp[ressions of the island left by men and women such as Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Dorothea Dix and Alexander Graham Bell. Contemporary material about Sable is based on interviews with some of the people who lived in this lonely place as lifesavers, wireless operators, conservationists and scientific observers; their experiences contribute an immediate sense of Sable's spirit and power.

'Sable Island' is an imaginative and exciting journey to the world's northern Galapagos. It is also an eloquent plea for the preservation of a unique and timeless part of Nova Scotia. 'Sable Island' was awarded the Evelyn Richardson Prize, the pre-eminent award for non-fiction in Atlantic Canada." - from the rear cover.

Introduction by Zoe Lucas;
Foreword by Thomas Raddall.

Part One : Sand, Storms, and Story (1000 to 1800).
1. A Dreamer's Return;
2. Haughtboyes and Horrors;
3. Early Ghosts and Visitations;
4. Clash and Disaster;
5. The Enterprising Clergyman [Reverend Andrew Le Mercier of Boston];
6. Wrecks and Rescue;
7. Sable's Pale Lady {Mrs Copeland].

Part Two :The Sea Samaritans (1800 to 1900).
8. The Admiral;
9. The Rogue [Joseph Darby];
10. The Gentleman {Matthew McKenna];
11. Stars in the Ocean;
12. The Governor;
13. Century's End.

Part Three : Soundings (1900 to the Present).
14. The Brass Pounder [the wireless operators, including Thomas H. Raddall];
15. Lost Schooners;
16. The Atlantic Cowboy [Superintendent Donald Stuart Johnson, Don Johnson];
17. The White Mist. [the yawl owned Melville Bell Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society].

Part Four : The Spirit of Sable.
18. Ponies;
19. Bestiary;
20. Dunes.

Appendices :
A. Superintendents of the Humane Establishment, 1801-1948;
B. Shipwrecks [a five-page annotated list];
C. The Status of Sable.

With bibliography and index of people and ships.

Very good. 18.00


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