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Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia

Wreck List


The province of Nova Scotia (including Cape Breton Island) has over 4,000 miles of jagged coastline and is almost surrounded by water. Over the past few centuries, thousands of ships have been wrecked in its cold clear waters. These wrecks occurred for a variety of reasons including, storms, fog, navigation errors and wars. Shipwrecks happen less frequently these days, but every once in a while, one still occurs. Nova Scotia has the greatest collection of shipwrecks in North America and is a popular destination for wreck divers.

Below is a partial list of the wrecks located in the waters of Nova Scotia. Clicking on a Vessel Name will take you to a wreck data page, where you'll find the ship's history, specifications, and pictures (when available). In most cases, you'll also find a link to a wreck location chart. To return to this page, use your browser's Back arrow.

As you browse through this list, you will see that the number of wrecks is relatively small, and that we have very little information on some of those that are included. If you have additional information and/or pictures that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact our editor at the address below and let us know what you have. If we use your information, we'll be sure to add your name to our Contributors list.

Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia
Vessel Name Type Lost NS/CB* Location Depth
A.W. Perry ** Freighter 1915

NS

Off Halifax  
Aberdeen ** Tender 1923 NS Off Seal Island 30'
Acorn  Sloop 1824 NS Off Halifax  
Adalia ** Steamer 1872 CB Saint Paul Island  
Advance ** Steamer 1923 NS Off Halifax 40'
Afghan Prince ** Freighter 1918 CB Off Cape Gabarus 20'
Alexander Macomb ** Freighter 1942 NS South of Shelburne 170'
Anglo-Saxon ** Clipper 1847 NS Off Cape Sable  
Arcola  Steamer 1908 CB Saint Paul Island  
Arrow ** Tanker 1970 CB Off West Arichat 80'
Arctic Prince  Sealer 1963 NS Halifax Harbour  
Assaye ** Steamer 1897 NS Off Seal Island  
Astraea  Sailing 1834 CB Off Little Lorraine  
Athelviking ** Tanker 1945 NS Off Halifax 300'
Atlantic ** Steamer 1873 NS Off Prospect 80'
Auguste ** Sailing 1761 CB Aspy Bay  
Ben Earn  Freighter 1911 NS Near Cape Sable  
Billow ** Brig 1831 NS Off Lockeport  
Binghamton Freighter 1921 NS Off Yarmouth  
Blaamanden ** Freighter 1902 NS Off Canso  
HMS Blonde  Warship 1782 NS Off Seal Island  
Blue Goose  Schooner 1961 NS Off Halifax  
Bohemian ** Steamer 1920 NS Off Halifax 75'
Brantford City  Steamer 1883 NS Off Lockeport  
Bridgeport ** Freighter 1913 CB Gulf  St. Lawrence  
British Freedom ** Tanker 1945 NS Off Halifax 210'
SS Bruce ** Ferry 1911 CB Scatarie Island  
Callisto ** Freighter 1928 CB Off Cape Breton Pt. 80'
Canby  Freighter 1934 CB Off Cape Gabarus 50'
Cape Agulhas  Trawler 1956 NS Halifax Harbour  
Cape Bonnie ** Trawler 1967 NS Off Prospect  
Cape Breton Collier 1920 CB Scatarie Island  
Caribou ** Ferry 1942 CB Off Sydney 1,500'
Carita ** Freighter 1975 CB Money Point  
Castilian ** Steamer 1899 NS Near Yarmouth  
Cedar Grove ** Steamer 1882 NS Off Canso 60'
Celebre **  Warship 1758 CB Louisbourg Harbour 20'
Charlottetown ** Ferry 1941 NS Off Port Mouton  
Chameau  Payship 1725 CB Off Cape Breton Pt.  
Chelston  Freighter 1919 CB Saint Paul Island  
HMS Chubb  Warship 1700s NS Off Halifax  
Ciss Freighter 1940 CB Off Scatarie Island  
City of Agra  Barque 1907 NS Off Cape Sable 20'
City of Boston ** Steamer 1870 NS North Atlantic  
City of Brunswick  Freighter 1921 NS Off Halifax  
City of Colombo ** Freighter 1921 NS Off Digby Neck  
City of Monticello ** Steamer 1900 NS Off Yarmouth  
City of Sydney ** Freighter 1914 NS Off Halifax 60'
City of Vienna  Freighter 1918 NS Off Halifax 70'
City of Washington ** Steamer 1873 NS Off Port L'Hebert  
Clare Lilley ** Freighter 1942 NS Halifax Harbour 50'
HMCS Clayoquot ** Minesw. 1944 NS Off Halifax 330'
Cobequid ** Steamer 1914 NS Off Port Maitland  
Columbia  Steamer 1843 NS Near Yarmouth  
Corinthian ** Steamer 1918 NS Near Digby 60'
Costa Rican Trader ** Freighter 1967 NS Halifax Harbour 85'
Damara ** Steamer 1905 NS Off Jeddore  
Daniel Steinmann ** Steamer 1884 NS Off Halifax 80'
Deliverance ** Tender 1917 NS Halifax Harbour 120'
Dominion ** Steamer 1893 NS Off Lunenburg  
Dorcas ** Tug 1893 NS Off Lawrencetown  
Drumalis ** Barque 1901 NS Off Cape Sable  
Ealing ** Freighter 1896 NS Off Drumhead  
Elena ** Freighter 1906 NS Off Baccaro Point  
Emmy Freighter 1942 CB Morien Bay  
Empire Kingfisher ** Freighter 1942 NS Off Baccaro 160'
Empire Story  Freighter 1942 NS Off Digby Neck  
Empire Sun Freighter 1942 NS Off Halifax  
HMCS Esquimalt ** Minesw. 1945 NS Off Halifax 300'+
Erg ** Tug 1943 NS Halifax Harbour 60'
Etta Stewart ** Barge 1893 NS Off Lawrencetown  
Evelyn  Freighter 1913 CB Off Louisbourg 60'
Express **  Steamer 1898 NS Near Cape Sable  
Fairy Queen  Ferry 1853 NS Off Pictou  
HMS Fantome ** Brig 1814 NS Off Prospect  
Fermont ** Freighter 1991 NS Seal Island  
HMS Feversham  Frigate 1711 CB Scatarie Island 15'
Finchley  Freighter 1884 NS Country Harbour 90'
Fjord  Steamer 1936 NS Off Lockeport  
Floriston ** Freighter 1914 CB Off Cape Gabarus 50'
Fort Louisbourg  Trawler 1972 NS Halifax Harbour  
Fury ** Freighter 1964 NS Near Country Harb.  
George B. Cluett ** Schooner 1945 NS Off Pictou Island 43'
Gerona ** Steamer 1897 NS Near Cape Sable  
Gertrude De Costa  Fishing 1950 NS Halifax Harbour 90'
Gertrude Rask ** Freighter 1942 NS Off Baccaro  
Glendyne ** Tug 1977 NS Halifax Harbour  
Gloriana ** Fishing 1903 NS Off Canso  
Gold Bond Conv. ** Freighter 1993 NS Off Yarmouth  
Gov. Cornwallis ** Ferry 1944 NS Halifax Harbour  
Graig Freighter 1940 NS Off Halifax  
Halfish Dragger 1966 NS Off Halifax 150'
Halhawk Trawler 1959 NS Off Lawrencetown  
Halifax Lightship ** Lightship 1914 NS Off Liscomb  
Haloodan Freighter 1911 CB Off Cape Gabarus 50'
Harlaw ** Steamer 1911 CB Saint Paul Island  
Havana Salvage 1906 NS Halifax Harbour 100'
Hebridean ** Pilot Bt. 1940 NS Halifax Harbour  
Herman Frasch ** Freighter 1918 NS North Atlantic  
Hesper Steamer 1896 NS Off Lockeport  
Humboldt ** Steamer 1853 NS Halifax Harbour  
Hungarian ** Steamer 1860 NS Off Cape Sable 30'
Iceland II ** Trawler 1967 CB Off Fourchu  
Imo ** Freighter 1917 NS Halifax Harbour  
Imogene ** Freighter 1940 NS Off Canso  
Indian ** Steamer 1859 NS Off Marie Joseph  
Inverault Steamer 1884 NS Pictou Island  
Isleworth  Steamer 1912 NS Halifax Harbour 130'
Jessie  Barque 1825 CB Saint Paul Island  
Kaaparen ** Freighter 1942 NS Off Halifax 250'
Kenkerry ** Freighter 1935 NS Halifax Harbour  
Keta V ** Tug 2000 NS Liverpool Bay  
Kildona Steamer 1907 NS Near Cape Sable  
Kismet II ** Freighter 1955 CB Cape North  
Kolkhosnik ** Freighter 1942 NS Off Halifax 145'
Kurdistan ** Tanker 1979 CB 50 miles off Sydney Deep
L-26 ** Br. Sub 1946 NS Off Peggy's Cove 180'
La Bourgogne ** Steamer 1898 NS Off Sable Island  
l'Acadien II  Trawler 2008 CB Off Cape North  
Lady of Gaspe ** Steamer 1921 NS Halifax Harbour  
Langley Ridge  Freighter 1935 CB Off Cape Gabarus 20'
HMS Leonidas  Sailing 1832 CB Scatarie Island  
Letitia ** Steamer 1917 NS Halifax Harbour 90'
Liverpool Packet ** Freighter 1942 NS Off Seal Island 210'
Luz Blanca ** Tanker 1918 NS SW of Halifax  
Madge of Wild Fire  Sailing 1850s CB Scatarie Island 50'
Marion ** Steamer 1922 CB Bras D'Or Lake  
HMS Mars  Warship 1755 NS Halifax Harbour  
Martin Van Buren ** Freighter 1945 NS Off Halifax 50'
Matthew Atlantic ** Trawler 1998 NS Port Mouton 40'
Melmerby ** Bark 1890 NS Near New Glasgow  
Merrimac ** Steamer 1887 NS Off Port Mouton  
HMCS Middlesex ** Escort 1946 NS Off Lawrencetown  
Minerva  Sailing 1871 CB Saint Paul Island  
Montara ** Freighter 1920 CB East of Louisbourg 60'
Mont Blanc ** Freighter 1917 NS Halifax Harbour  
Moravian ** Steamer 1881 NS Near Cape Sable  
Mount Temple ** Steamer 1907 NS Off LaHave  
Musquash Tug 1921 CB Off St. Esprit  
Napoleon III Tender 1890 CB Little Glace Bay  
North Star  Steamer 1919 NS Near Yarmouth 40'
Norwegian  Steamer 1863 CB Saint Paul Island  
Nueva Andalucia  Tanker 1942 NS Off Halifax  
Odysseus ** Freighter 1945 NS Halifax Harbour  
Orinoco ** Freighter 1907 NS Off Seal Island 20'
Ottawa Steamer 1891 NS Near Cape Sable  
HMCS Otter ** Patrol 1941 NS Off Halifax  300'
Pallas  Barque 1826 CB Saint Paul Island  
Para  Steamer 1880 NS Near Cape Sable 96'
Parisian ** Steamer 1905 NS Halifax Harbour  
Patrick Morris ** Ferry 1970 CB Off Cape Smokey 300'
Petra  Barque 1910 NS Off Halifax  
HMS Phoenix ** Sloop 1882 - Off East Point, PEI  
Planet Mercury Freighter 1900 NS Off Seal Island  
Portia ** Steamer 1899 NS Off Halifax 60'
Prudent  Warship 1758 CB Louisbourg Harbour 20'
Raifuku Maru ** Freighter 1925 NS Off Halifax  
Renwick Collier 1911 NS Off Country Harbour  
River Wye  Schoon. 1923 NS Off Shelburne  
Romsdalsfjord Freighter 1920 NS Off Halifax  
Rutenfjell  Freighter 1934 CB Near White Point  
HMCS Saguenay ** Destroy. 1994 NS Off Lunenburg 90'
St. Cuthbert ** Freighter 1908 NS Off Cape Sable  
Saladin Barque 1844 NS Country Harbour  
Salerno ** Freighter 1905 NS Halifax Harbour 90'
Saltwell **  Steamer 1873 CB Scatarie Island  
Scotia ** Steamer 1921 NS Off Drumhead  
Scud Steamer 1882 NS Off Lunenburg  
Sibylle  Sailing 1834 CB Saint Paul Island  
Skottland Freighter 1942 NS Off Yarmouth 600'
Sonja Maersk ** Freighter 1942 NS Halifax Harbour  
Sovereign  Troop 1814 CB Saint Paul Island  
Staffordshire ** Clipper 1853 NS Off Seal Island  
Stella Maris ** Tug 1917 NS Halifax Harbour  
Sulina ** Steamer 1886 NS Off Cape Sable 20'
Tegean ** Freighter 1966 NS Halifax Harbour  
Thordoc Freighter 1940 CB Near Louisbourg  
Tiber **  Freighter 1902 NS Off Canso  
HMS Tilbury  Warship 1757 CB Near Louisbourg  
HMS Tribune ** Frigate 1797 NS Halifax Harbour 60'
Triton ** Sailing 1745 CB CB southeast coast  
Turret Bay  Freighter 1904 CB Saint Paul Island  
Tuscarora ** Freighter 1917 CB Saint Paul Island  
U-190 ** Sub 1947 NS Off Halifax 300'+
U-215 **  Sub 1942 NS South of Shelburne 170'
Uranium ** Steamer 1913 NS Halifax Harbour  
Viceroy ** Steamer 1850 NS Near Cape Sable  
Volunda  Freighter 1921 CB Near Aspy Bay  
Watford ** Collier 1932 CB Near Glace Bay  
Western  Rum R. 1926 NS Near Cape Sable  
West Jaffrey  Freighter 1942 NS Near Yarmouth 120'
William Abrams  Sailing 1846 NS Near Yarmouth  
HMCS Ypres ** Trawler 1940 NS Halifax Harbour  
Zoe Steamer 1871 NS Off Halifax  

*   Nova Scotia mainland (NS), Cape Breton (CB)
**  Data page includes a picture or other image
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