TENS OF THOUSANDS have watched its eerie performances, scientists have tried for half a century to unlock its secret, and adventurous fishermen have attempted to overtake it with their schooners. But the “Fire Ship” that cruises Bay Chaleur, between New Brunswick’s north shore and Quebec’s Gaspé coast, is as much a mystery as ever.
JUNE151951 ~ Ian Sceanders MACLEAN'S Magazine, 1951
The Phantom Ship of the Bay of Chaleurs has been seen by thousands of people in the Bay of Chaleurs. In fact, it is one of the most-seen apparitions in Canada. Yet it remains one of Canada's most mysterious ghost stories. For decades scientists have tried to find explanations about why this fireship shows up on the waters of the Bay between Quebec and New Brunswick. And although there have been many theories, no one has been able to prove that it is not a ghost ship.
This story has been based on years of research by the author who first heard about the ghost ship as a child. After finding an old document written decades ago by a storyteller from New Richmond, I knew that I had to write this book.
Listen to an interview I did with CBC's Alison Brunette on Breakaway about the Phantom Ship.