If you’ve ever taken a road trip to the Deer Isle / Stonington part of Maine, you know how absolutely breathtaking the views can be. There is also a great culture in the area, from art galleries to an opera house. But like most small communities with a long history in Maine, there is local folklore. A story that has been circulating for generations is the belief that a small island nearby is the site of a long-lost Viking tomb and that a pair of old wrecks could be a clue on how to find it.
Shared on Reddit by bleahdeebleah, Carney Island is an uninhabited island just off the coast of Deer Isle. In the sights of Causeway Beach, most of those kayaking and canoeing near Carney Island find it rather uninteresting today. But the history of Carney Island is where things get a lot more curious, as a pair of wrecks once made the island something of a hotspot. A photo shared by bleahdeebleah on Imgur shows one of the wrecks in all its majestic beauty in the 1930s. Over the years, inclement weather and natural wear and tear have reduced the ship to nothing more than pieces along. a beach. But did these shipwrecks have a bigger story to tell?
The community’s folklore doesn’t stop just at Carney Island shipwrecks. There is a strong belief that there is a Viking tomb hidden among the dense undergrowth of the island. The island’s historical records show that only one person was buried there, Mr. Peter Hardy, with no tangible data indicating that a Viking was buried there centuries ago. Is it just an urban legend? Or has the Earth hid a trace of it for good?
You can explore the island which is absolutely home to cool mini caves and other natural features. But a hidden Viking tomb? Maybe we should call Indiana Jones to find this.
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