Mahone Bay Coat of Arms
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 stood was donated by Isaac Ernst. Although the coat of arms was dislodged from the stone during a storm, the stone, to this day, remains in front of the Town Hall.
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 to 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.