The mystery of the dead island

  As the saying goes, “The world is so big that there are no surprises.” If I say that an isolated island can eat people, you definitely don’t believe it! But in fact, in the ocean about 300 kilometers southeast of the Nova Scotia Peninsula in Canada, there really is such an island that can eat people. People call it Death Island. Grim Reaper Island is the most dangerous “wreck island” in the world. More than 500 ships have sunk here, and more than 5,000 people have lost their lives. Therefore, this area is also known as the “Atlantic Graveyard”, “The Butcher Knife That Destroyed Ships”, and “The Ghost Island of the Demon Shadow”. Formerly known as Sebul Island, the island is 40 kilometers long from east to west, 1.6 kilometers wide from north to south, and covers an area of ​​about 80 square kilometers, which is crescent-shaped. What’s even stranger is that due to the sea breeze blowing day and night, the island has “traveled” 20 kilometers east in the past 200 years, which is equivalent to an average of 100 meters per year.
  Historical data show that since ancient times, all kinds of pirate ships, whaling ships, heavy-duty ships and modern sea vessels from all over the world have been buried under the hundreds of meters thick quicksand on Sebul Island.
  In 1800, people discovered many gold coins, jewellery, books and woodware bearing the family crest of the Duke of York on the Peninsula of Nova Scotia. This matter attracted the attention of the British government. Because the “Flaincis” sailed to the United Kingdom that year, after sailing from the Nova Scotia Peninsula, there was no news. The British Admiralty believes that after the “Flyencis” was killed, the crew may have boarded Sable Island, but was killed by local residents and the ship’s properties were looted. Later investigations clarified the truth: the crew and the ship were engulfed by the ruthless sand.
  A few months later, the British “Princess Amelia” sank again in the quicksand around Sable Island, and the crew never survived. Another British ship rushed to the rescue upon hearing the news, but was met with the same bad luck. The British government was shocked and immediately decided to build a lighthouse on Sable Island and set up a life-saving station.
  In 1802, the first life-saving station was built on Sable Island. The life-saving station has only one slab, in which is a whaling speedboat, and there is a stable near the slab, which houses a group of sturdy horses. Every day there are four lifeguards riding horses, two groups patrolling the island, closely watching the movements of passing ships.
  After the rescue station was established, it played a huge role. On July 15, 1879, the American passenger ship “Stad Verkinia” carried 129 passengers from New York to Glasgow, England, and unfortunately ran aground on the southern beach of Sable Island due to heavy fog. Under the full rescue of the life-saving station, all the crew escaped smoothly.
  In January 1840, the British “Miltel” was blown into the quicksand shoal of Sable Island by a storm. Due to the crew’s eagerness to survive, they jumped into the sea before rescuers arrived, and all died. Two months later, the empty “Miltel” was blown from the beach to the sea by a storm, and was only discovered when the Azores ran aground again.
  In the middle of the night on July 4, 1898, the French “La Bourgogne” sailed into this sea area, and suddenly an abnormal situation occurred: the instruments and watches were all malfunctioning. The captain immediately ordered people to make rush repairs, but failed to find out where the fault was. The ship drifted towards Sebul Island like a magic, and drifted faster and further away from the route. The captain suddenly remembered that this was the “wreck island” sea area, and knew that an unexpected disaster had been encountered, so he hurriedly ordered to abandon the ship and escape. Five minutes later, people heard a dull noise, knowing that it was a big ship crashing into Sable Island and was unfortunately killed.
  As the shallow beaches on the island often move around, people have the opportunity to find the wreckage of a ship in the beach. In the 19th century, the whereabouts of an American clipper ship was unknown. It was not until 40 years ago that the hull emerged from the sea floor. However, three months later, another 30-meter-high sand dune was piled on the hull.
  In 1963, the lighthouse keeper on the island found a human skeleton, a bronze buckle on a boot, a gun barrel and a few bullets on the sand dunes, as well as 12 1760 Dublanc gold coins. Later, a thick stack of British banknotes from the mid-19th century with a face value of 1 million pounds was found in the sand dunes.
  Since Sable Island was included in the Canadian territory, for the safety of navigation, lifesaving stations, hydrometeorological stations, radio stations, lighthouses, and helicopters with modern equipment have been established on the island. When night falls, you can see the twinkling lights of the east and west lighthouses on the island at a distance of 30 kilometers, which makes the sailing ships automatically move away from this area.
  24 hours a day, the radio navigation station on the island continuously sends warning signals to passing ships. Although the number of ship deaths on the island has been greatly reduced in recent decades, the legends about Sable Island still warn people to avoid this terrible cemetery.
  Since ancient times, Sable Island has not been far from the east coast of Canada, but not a single tree has grown on the island. It turns out that the island contains a lot of magnetite, so it has become a very strong magnet. When the ship travels nearby, all instruments and meters will fail due to interference, and the steel hull will be attracted by the island and sink deep into the beach. Because the sand is flowing again, it is buried without a trace over time due to the effect of the direction of ocean currents and winds.