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Mahone Bay Literature


Compiling this list of written material covering the geographical area of Mahone Bay is an ongoing project of the Mahone Islands Conservation Association. These titles have been collected since MICA formed in 2003, and yet we are still looking for additions. Please send any comments to info@mahoneislands@ns.ca

Our sincere thanks to those who have contributed to this list.
1879 Lunenburg County Map

FICTION:

Ahangarzadeh, E. The Secret at Mahone Bay. lulu.com, 2008.
[A theft, in the guise of a business transaction, initiates a search to uncover a secret protected since the fourteenth century on a little-known island. Sean Allen, rising young attorney and distant relative of Captain William Kidd, finds himself caught up in a race against a notorious businessman to discover the truth behind a legend that has mesmerised people for over three hundred years.]

Day, F.P. Rockbound. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1928.
[In a classic Nova Scotia novel about life on an island in Mahone Bay, to the harsh domain of Rockbound, governed by the sternly righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung, comes the youthful David Jung to claim his small share of the island. Filled with dreamy optimism and a love for the island, David tries to find his way in a narrow, unforgiving and controlled world.]

Gilkerson, W. Pirate's Passage. Boston: Trumpeter Books, 2006.
[In 1952, a storm brings a small boat into port in Mahone Bay. The boat's owner, Captain Charles Johnson, takes up residence at the inn run by Jim and his mother. With each passing day, the Captain's presence becomes more valuable to the family as they struggle to keep the inn open for business, and his background becomes more mysterious as Jim discovers how much the Captain knows about the lives of pirates.]

Jess, C.R. Bearer of the Chosen Seed. Port Williams: Inscape Publications, 2003.
[Set in 1756, this is a story of Marie Payzant's incredible struggle for survival amid the tumult of an attack on her island home in Mahone Bay, and an epic thousand-mile canoe journey to Quebec City.]

Pardy, L. A Lady of Lunenburg: Nova Scotia, 1752. Victoria: Trafford Publishing, 2010.
[Anna Elisabeth is one of the Protestant settlers who founded the town of Lunenburg in 1753. Her story is a weaving of hope and hardship, death and survival, played out against a backdrop of political intrigue for the domination of North America by England and France, the Catholic and Protestant Churches, and their pawns, the Acadians, the Mi'kmaq and the newly arrived Foreign Protestants.]

PLAYS:

Hirst, G. and Preeper, D. Shadows on Oak Island. New York: Samuel French, 1999.

NON-FICTION: Ships, Boatbuilding and Racing

Bennett, A.B. and Heisler, G. Duelling Dories: 50 Years of International Dory Racing in Nova Scotia. Tantallon: Four East Publications, 2002.

Carnahan, P. Schooner Master: A Portrait of David Stevens. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004.

Chapelle, H. American Small Sailing Craft. New York: W.W. Norton and Company Inc., 1951. ["The Tancook Whaler" pp. 162-168]

Chapelle, H. The American Fishing Schooners. [Mahone Bay ships, for ex. 'KENO', p308, built by McLean and Sons, 1923] New York: Norton and Company Ltd., 1995.

Founders Society, Settlers Museum. A Forgotten Industry: A Short Story of Shipbuilding in Mahone Bay. Mahone Bay: Founders Society, 1996.

IMAGE: Mahone Bay, 1910 - Launch of the Schooner 'Arkona'.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Nova Scotia Schooners Built from 1892 - 1963. Halifax: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Novossiltzeff, R. Ray Creery's Boat Shop. Self Published: Blurb Inc., 2010.

O'Leary, W.M. The Tancook Schooners: An Island and Its Boats. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994.

Parker, J.P. Sails of the Maritimes: The story of the three-and-four-masted cargo schooners of Atlantic Canada, 1859 - 1929. Canada: McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1976.

Post, R.C. The Tancook Whalers: Origins, Rediscovery, and Revival. Bath: Maine Maritime Museum, 1985.

FISHING

Hallowell, G. The August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic, 1926 and 1927. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2013.

Mitcham, A. Offshore Islands of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. ["Big Tancook and East Ironbound Islands: Of Iron Men and Wooden Boats, of Cabbages and Kings"] Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2014.

ISLAND AND SHORELINE SETTLEMENTS

Backman, E.M., Fitch, C., and Eldridge, R.E. 225 Years in Chester Basin, (1760 - 1985). Halifax: William McNab and Sons, Ltd., 1985.

Eaton, K. History of Shaw Island. Hantsport: Lancelot Press, 1984.

Fitch, C., Hyslop, D., and MacFarlane, J. Chester: A Pictorial History of a Nova Scotia Village. Chester: Chester Trust, 2006.

Layton, L. A Passion for Survival. [The story of the Payzant family, their immigration to Nova Scotia, settlement of Coveys Island, and capture by the native people.] Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2003.

LUNENBURG COUNTY

Barss, P. A Portrait of Lunenburg County. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2012.

DesBrisay, M.B. History of the County of Lunenburg. Toronto: W. Briggs, 1895.

Poteet, L.J. South Shore Phrase Book. Hantsport: Lancelot Press, 1985.

OAK ISLAND

Crooker, W.S. Oak Island Gold. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2012.

Fanthrope, L. and Fanthrope, P. The Oak Island Mystery: The Secret of the World's Greatest Treasure Hunt. Toronto: Dundern Press Ltd., 2012.

Finnan, M. Oak Island Secrets. Halifax: Formac Publishing Co., Ltd., 2002.

Harris, G. and MacPhie, L. Oak Island and Its Lost Treasure. (3rd Edition) Halifax: Formac Publishing Co. Ltd., 2013.

Lamb, L. Oak Island Obsession: The Restall Story. Toronto: Dundern Press Ltd., 2006.

O'Conner, D. The Secret Treasure of Oak Island: The Amazing True Story of a Centuries-Old Treasure Hunt. Guildford: Lyons Press, 2004.

Reynolds, M. The Mystery of the Oak Island Treasure: Two Hundred Years of Hope and Despair. Toronto: Altitude Publishing, 2005.

1929 Dept. of Mines Map

RUM RUNNING

Corkum, H.H On Both Sides of the Law. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2015.


Hennigar, T.R. The Rum Running Years. Hantsport: Lancelot Press, 1981.


Robinson, G. and Robinson, D. Sheep Island, (the 'Rum Pit') It Came by the Boatload: Essays on Rum Running. Canada, 1972.

TOWN OF MAHONE BAY

Tuck, R. C. Ned Harris' Letters from Mahone Bay 1884 - 1889. Charlottetown: Maplewood Books, 2001.


Hines, S. Mahone Bay. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2002.


Mahone Bay Founders Society. Dear Old Mahone: Historic Images of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and Surrounding Communities. Mahone Bay: Mahone Bay Founders Society, 2004.


Tennyson, B.D and White, W.S. Historic Mahone Bay. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2006.


Yeadon, M.C. The Early Dwellings of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1754-1850: A Preliminary Guide to the Early Domestic Architectures of Mahone Bay and Area. Mahone Bay: Mahone Bay Founders Society, 1995.

Children's Books

Carter A. and Daniel, A. My Home Bay. Markham: Red Deer Press, 2001.

Schwartzkopf, T. The Ghost at Mahone Bay. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2007.

List updated August 2015

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