“WHEN THE FIRST lifesaving establishment was begun on the lonely Isle of Sable, by Sir John Wentworth, it was a bleak, unsheltered spot to send women and children along with their seafaring husbands. Those first families were set on shore October 1801 on a narrow strip of sandy beach. They stood watching forlornly as the white sails disappeared over the horizon, knowing they would have no contact with the outside world until the next supply vessel arrived in the Spring. The men were to be on constant lookout for any vessels wrecked on the dangerous shoals. Their jobs would be to rescue stranded sailors and the women would be expected to nurse the injured.


Through letters and other archival material, and a little fiction thrown in, the author was able to piece together the story of their heroic experiences, their hardships and hunger, the shipwrecks and storms, as well as their loves and births. Edward Hodgson and his co-workers braved the harsh elements to make the establishment the success that it was.”


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