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Episode 3 – The 1775 Newfoundland Hurricane

The 1775 Newfoundland Hurricane

The 1775 Newfoundland Hurricane cost 4000 lives, but is largely ignored by our history books. I take a look at this storm, with eyewitness reports from the time. On a lighter note, I tell you about the mermaids that showed up in St. John s Harbour and why we probably aren’t living side by side with mer-people today.

Mermaids in Newfoundland

Theodore de Bry, engraving, “Mermaid in St. John’s Harbour,” dated 1628. Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland DAI.

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SOURCES AND FURTHER READING

Wikipedia

Deanna Stokes Sullivan “The Forgotten Storm.” The Telegram Newspaper. 20/09/2014

Alan Ruffman “The Multidisciplinary Rediscovery and Tracking of The Great Newfoundland and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Hurricane of
September 1775.” Northern Mariner. 19/09/2014

Rev Lewis Amadeus Anspach History of the Island of Newfoundland.
London: T and J Allman, 1819.

http://www.crossroadsforcultures.ca/index.php?var=bio&var2=details&bioConnect=11&page=&language=en more about Sir Richard Whitbourne

Information from the Edinburgh Advertiser relating to the Newfoundland Hurricane of September 1775

Theodore de Bry, engraving, “Mermaid in St. John’s Harbour,” dated 1628. Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland DAI.



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