Special guest speaker will be historian and author Dan Conlin presenting:
McNabs Island: An Island Ringed by Wrecks
Wednesday, May 1st at 6:45 pm
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street
McNabs island is encircled by shipwrecks, some tragic and some mundane. Many can still be seen at low tide. Join historian Dan Conlin for a fascinating illustrated talk about the shipwrecks of McNabs Island.
“McNab Island has been the final destination for countless vessels for centuries. Their evocative timbers and rusty fittings still have secrets to reveal and stories to tell.” says Conlin.
Dan Conlin is curator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He also teaches at Saint Mary’s University and has created a new course about piracy and privateering. Born in Berwick Nova Scotia, Dan studied journalism and history at Carleton University in Ottawa and then worked as a producer for CBC Radio in Ontario. He returned home to pursue a Master’s in History at Saint Mary’s University. One of his first steps in reconnecting with the province was to join the Friends of McNabs Island. He wrote the chapter on lighthouses and shipwrecks for the Friends’ Discover McNabs Island guidebook.
Above: Dan Conlin at sea aboard the brigantine Playfair (photo credit: Laura Dowling)
Dan was curator at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for 19 years where he was responsible for many successful exhibits including the Titanic display. He was also curator for a Pirates exhibit which led to his first book Pirates of the Atlantic: Robbery, Murder and Mayhem off Canada’s East Coast. His second book, War through the Lens: the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit was based on personal interviews and research that Dan conducted for his undergraduate thesis.
The Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Island Provincial Park. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors – making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.
This event is free and open to the public.
Above: One of the unidentified wrecks in Wreck (Back) Cove on McNabs Island, a favoured dumping ground for old vessels in the 1950s. (photo credit: Rochelle Owen)