History of Sable Island

Sable Island Preservation Trust


For many sailors, this sandy island hidden by waves, storms and fog meant death and destruction. Since 1583 there have been over 350 recorded shipwrecks on Sable Island.

Public concern about the fate of shipwreck victims on Sable Island led to the first lifesaving station in 1801. This "Humane Establishment" was active on the island until 1958. Many shipwreck victims owed their lives to the skill and courage of the lifesaving crew.

Trixie Boutillier grew up on Sable. Her father was superintendent of the lifesaving station from 1885 to 1912. She tells you what it was like to live there.

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