Tales from the Buccaneer Lodge


Growing up in East Chester, Nova Scotia, Frank Leaman was surrounded by sailors, adventurers and hardscrabble men trying to eke out a living on ships, on wharves and in the woods. He helped his grandfather build wooden boats and his father sell salvaged post-war goods, lumber and anything else he could to support his family.

Life changed for the Leamans in the late 1950s when Frank’s father bought a rustic lodge on Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore. Developed by Philip Hooper Moore, the man who decades earlier had opened White Point as a hunting and fishing lodge, the Leamans embarked on an adventure in the tourism business with the Buccaneer Lodge.

In Tales From The Buccaneer Lodge, Leaman recounts some of those adventures; whether it was taking travelers out on their cruiser, the Buccaneer Lady, in search of trophy-sized salmon and bluefin tuna, cruising to Tancook Island or Oak Island, in search of buried treasure, or helping to re-fit SS Arctic Bear, a dual steam-powered and sailing ship that eventually sank east of Cape Sable Island.  In this collection of stories, Frank tells tales of the ships, people and events that happened around him as he juggled the running of seven businesses with his father.

Author Bio

Frank Leaman

Frank Leaman’s family has been part of Dartmouth history for over a century. His colourful career includes lumbering, salvage, writing for television and newspapers, and selling antiques. Frank’s previous book, The Roar of the Sea, is a fascinating story about his grandfather’s seafaring experiences.

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