Know your past, know your future.

This project started a couple of years ago. The seed was planted when I heard a story about a pirate shipyard somewhere along the Mira River. Pirates had always fascinated me, but for some reason I had never really put much effort in to learning about pirates that had potentially roamed the waters around Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the rest of Atlantic Canada.



After a bit of digging, a hand drawn map and description of the shipyard from an old magazine from the 1970s, and a little bit of searching through Google Maps, I pinpointed my best guess for the location, and set off through the woods with a small group of apprehensive hikers.

A print of the 1970s magazine article. The ‘present access road’ is definitely NOT present.

A print of the 1970s magazine article. The ‘present access road’ is definitely NOT present.

Standing in the waterway of the shipyard.

Standing in the waterway of the shipyard.


We found it.

One of the two lookout points we found.

One of the two lookout points we found.

Finding that location, proving it existed, and wanting to find more information on who built it and when it was used really started me down a path of learning more about the hidden histories around us. We started Uncharted History thinking we’d make a series revolving around different bits of lesser-known local history. That history is still a big part of what we plan on doing going forward, but having hit a few hiccups along the way, we also discovered the fun of just going out to hike and go on little adventures. Uncharted History became Uncharted Adventures, and here we are. History is still a focus, but we want to be able to do more.


This part of the site will focus mostly on history, research, speculation, and weird little bits of things we find along our travels. The Adventure section will focus on more regular adventures like hiking, kayaking, etc.


Thanks for being part of the journey.

Mark Carabin