Between 1720 and 1946 there were hundreds of ships wrecked in the waters around Grand Manan, which is situated at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Ships entering the bay had to negotiate high tides, strong currents, winds and fog, and navigate past the island and those islands of its archipelago, and around its many dangerous hidden shoals and ledges. The Shipwreck Gallery documents a number of the most famous.
Some additional shipwrecks featured in the gallery include the Queen (1841), The Turkish Empire (1879), the Gypsum King (1906), and the Hestia (1909), with shipwreck china, personal items such as smoking pipes, bottles, ship's bells (including one from the Lord Ashburton), deadeyes, a ship's figure head, and other such artifacts on display.
There are also detailed charts plotting the layout of several shipwrecks, mapped by underwater archeologist and marine artist Eric Allaby, who invented an underwater survey instrument (also on display) in order to carry out his surveys. The items on display were all recovered by divers such as Eric, or local fishermen who found them entangled in their dragging or seining equipment while fishing.