Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Stories from the Archives – Life-saving Technologies


Hello Friends of Sable Island,


Rebecca here. This week I considered the important impact technology had on the life saving operation on the Island. The installation of telephones meant that the workers no longer had to spend hours relaying news of a wreck to all the stations before getting to the work of saving lives. Telephones meant that more people could be saved quicker by just ringing the other stations to let them know where the wreck was and when they first saw the vessel. R.J. Boutilier was very pleased to have fully functioning telephones on the Island, as expressed by his clear excitement in the passage below:


Sable Island, Sept. 28th, 1885:



I am pleased to inform you that the five telephones sent were placed in position on the 21st and had complete communication from East End Station to West Light.

    The Stations now report twice each day & [more often] if necessary, and during the gales of the 23rd & 24th many vessels sighted on the South side were reported from station to station until out of sight of the Island.”

-R.J. Boutilier


Thinking of the impact this technology had on the life saving station on the Island, as basic as we now consider telephones to be, makes me think about how much our perspective on the Island has changed due to the huge advances in technology since telephones. With the advances in sonar technology, we no longer need a life saving station on Sable Island, as ships are able to see what they could never have seen before its invention. We still see a need for a human presence on the Island, though. We now understand that we can not only use our technology for saving human lives, but also for saving the ecosystem and history of the Island. It is important that we pass this understanding on to the next generation because as technology develops it could be beneficial or harmful to Sable Island, and we need to make sure the next generation knows to use their technology to its benefit.


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Enjoy the benefits of technology by not forgetting to wear your sunscreen this weekend,