Mahone Bay Coat of Arms

Mahone Bay crest

Town Motto

Unio Silvae Marisque - Union of forest and sea

The motto reflects the prosperity and growth generated by thriving forestry, fishing, shipbuilding and shipping industries during the 19th century.

Heraldry is a mark of distinction of a country, city, town, municipality, incorporated company or individual. On Wednesday June 16 1954, the town of Mahone Bay received its own mark of distinction with the presentation of their own coat of arms. The crest Was a present, from the board of trade and the Mahone bay boy scout troop, to mark the town’s bicentennial

Mahone Bay was the first town in Nova Scotia to receive its own coat of arm, and it is believed to be the first in Canada. The stone upon which the coat of arms stands, was donated by ISAAC Ernst, and remains today in front of the town hall. Unfortunately, the coat of arms was knocked down during a storm, and has yet to be returned to its RIGHTFUL place.

This heraldic Blazon of the Arms of Mahone Bay displays a blue mill-rind on a golden shield powered with red hearts, crests a red Mahone flying the jolly Rodger, motto: Union Silvae Marisque - “union of forest and sea.”

This unique and colourful crest, tells a history rich in fishing, boat-building, forestry, privateering, and milling. The markings of heraldry on the Mahone Bay coat of arms are as Follows:

Gold Shield: displays the mark of the mill-rind against the arms of “old” Lunenburg, Germany, covered with the hearts of Lunenburg County.

Knight’s helmet: signifies loyalty king George II, Duke of Lunenburg, ruler at the time of settlement. Attached to the helmet is the twisted blue and yellow mantling to show pride and honour in battle.

Red Mahone: The two mast low-lying craft with both sails and oars, favoured by the pirates who infested the bay.

Jolly Rodger: The flag that identifies a pirate craft.

The crest can only be used by the town of Mahone Bay, and may be used on badges and flags. Since its presentation, the Mahone bay coat of arms has been used to mark the property of the town such as, Buildings, vehicles and uniforms of those in service to the town.