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Annie Lindsay: The Ghost of Seal Island

Located in the outermost part of Southwestern Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County, is a place announced Seal Island. An island which is not only home to one of the oldest wooden lighthouses in Canada, it is also home to a phantom specified Annie.

Before anyone lives on Seal Island, shipwrecked sailors lucky enough to have reached its beaches alive often died of hunger and revelation during the harsh winter months. By the early years of the nineteenth century a dour springtime tradition had derived, as evangelists and occupants from Yarmouth and Barrington came to the island to find and bury the dead.

There was much concern about the loss of life( on one occasion 21 people were buried in shallow life-and-deaths in a single date) and in 1823, two categories, the Hichens and the Crowells settled on the island in the hopes of assisting the unfortunate people cast ashore in the winter storms.

Seal Island Lighthouse 1930

Annie’s story begins on October 31 st, 1891, when the newly built steamer SS Ottawa, was on voyage from London, England, differed Halifax for Saint John, New Brunswick.

The night was dark, with drizzling downpour, and blowing a strong southwest whirlwind, with ponderous thought sea the whole way along the coast. Apparently, the electric light became disarranged, and this is supposed to have altered the discrepancy of the compass, and although the Seal Island brightnes had been in sight for about an hour, the Ottawa ran aground.

The steamer struck Blonde Rock at 5 a. m. on Sunday November 1st, at low tide. As soon as she struck, a large hole was struck through her sole in the engine compartment, and the steamer began to fill with the rise of the ebb.

With the starboard line-up being broadside to the sea, with a strong list to starboard, the high seas became worse and transgres heavily over the ship.

With her grim submerged, the lifeboats were launched, and in one of those boats were three beings, and Mrs. Annie Lindsay, the ships stewardess.

When the barge was about two ship’s lengths from the steamer a tremendous wave overturned the boat, throwing its passengers into the sea, catching them all underneath the ship, except for one lover who managed to climb on to the keel. After a few minutes, the mate also managed to climb on to the keel, leaving the stewardess, Annie Lindsay and the other man captured under the boat.

Strong tides and ripples made it difficult for the other lifeboat to rescue those in the liquid, but as their boat drifted in the ponderous ocean, the tides turned the craft up right again, and the two men got back in the ship.

Surprisingly, the man that was captured under the boat managed to survive, but Annie was dead. After seven hours’ hard rowing against the wind and sea, the crew of the ill-fated Ottawa manufactured it safely to Seal Island.

Mrs. Annie Lindsay was buried beside the East End church, and her life-and-death was stigmatized in later years by a concrete headstone made by the family of the light-colored custodian. Some believe that when the coffin was later disinterred, it evidenced evidence that she was buried alive.

Her ghost has been interpreted many times wandering on small island developing. Her spirit stands on the shore looking ominously out to sea before vanishing. Is Annie fated to relive that fated period over and over again? With so many lives lost on Seal Island, Annie is likely not alone.

Source: Caretakers Paranormal

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