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Castaway On Cape Breton
Two great shipwreck Narratives!
Here are the Two Greatest Shipwreck Narratives in Cape Breton Island’s History! In Dec 1780, Ensign Prenties wrecked at present-day Margaree Harbour. With his companions, he headed north in the teeth of winter, rounding the tip of Cape Breton Island. After the suffering, death, even cannibalism among those left behind, the survivors were finally saved by Micmac Indians at St. Ann’s Bay. More than forty tears later, Samuel Burrows and his companions landed around Fishing Cove. They crawled over steep mountains, “pulling ourselves up by the trees.” finally making it to Cheticamp and the rough shelter of sheds and pioneer Acadian homes. It is a shocking testament to the reality of the beginnings of settlement on Cape Breton – how little people had to share in their attempts to aid and comfort these survivors. This story is very well told!