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Wrecked with Tony: In Search of the Mighty Scallop

By Tony Sampson As winter sets in across the Atlantic provinces from the tip of Newfoundland at St. Anthony all the way to Cape Sable Island, the colours change on the mainland and islands from a rich green to beautiful gold, orange and red and then to snow, ice and bare trees. The temperature drops, and ocean folk around the South Shore of Nova Scotia start preparing their lobster boats and traps for lobster fishing season. As most summer boaters are now out of the water, our hardy group of ...

Wrecked with Tony: The Wreck of the Clare Lilley

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor Photos by Bob Daly and John Wesley-Chisholm Clare Lilley, what a beautiful name. It is a name that you would think belonged to a charming young lady, not a deadly tangled and twisted mass of steel, chain and munitions that lies just a stone’s throw off shore in beautiful Portuguese Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia. On the 17th of March 1942, the American munitions ship, the Clare Lilley, ran aground close to the shore and wrecked ...

Wrecked With Tony: Pictou’s Mystery Ghost Ship

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor As you walk along the charming Pictou waterfront, past the replica of the immigrant ship, Hector, that brought Scottish immigrants to the Pictou area in 1773, most people have no idea what sits under the murky water just a few hundred yards offshore. In 2015, the Canadian Hydrographic Service located a mystery wreck in Pictou harbour sitting upright in the silt bottom. Recently, while filming a local TV series, John Wesley Chisholm from ...

Wrecked with Tony: The Wreck of the Rose Castle

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor Newfoundland, also known as The Rock, is a magical Island filled with mystery and treasure. It is also an adventure playground and home to thousands of shipwrecks, dating back many centuries. On a family trip to this breathtaking province, I was fortunate enough to meet up with my old friend, and fellow shipwreck addict, Rick Stanley. Rick owns and operates Ocean Quest Adventures and invited me to join a group of divers (The Battle of ...

Wrecked with Tony: Halifax Harbour Dive, Trash or Treasure?

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor How many times have you driven over the harbour bridges in Halifax and not given a thought to what lies under those waters?  Halifax harbour has been a home, hunting ground, playground and alas, dumping ground to inhabitants of the area for many centuries. It is a natural deep water harbour that has made it strategic both for military and commerce which also makes it a very interesting dive. During the winter months when the harbour ...

Wrecked with Tony: Visiting the Wreck of the SS Atlantic

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor On any given weekend from April to November, in the shallow waters off Mosher Island in Lower Prospect, you can find a party of divers swimming around Golden Rule Rock at the site of one of the greatest disasters in Maritime history. Few people know that the White Star Liner SS Atlantic (of the same line as the Titanic) lies in our local inshore waters. Starting at a depth of just eight feet and going down to 80 feet, lies a wreck that bore ...