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