"Western Bay, Newfoundland" Western Bay by crummey

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Western Bay, Bay-De-Verde, Newfoundland

Western Bay is a broad deep bay. It is also an unincorporated community on the North Shore of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. Sheep, goats and horses can be seen in the stone-wall lined fields.

There are few trees along the shoreline and Western Bay Point is windswept. Within walking distance of the harbour is the resettled community of Bradleys Cove.

In the day of the schooner, the community was once much larger than it is today; The wide bight is arguably the best bay north of Conception Bay's Harbour Grace.

Some of the earliest-recorded settlers were Channel Islanders. They were followed by West Countrymen and finally Irishmen. The residents were typically hunters and fishers. They laboured seasonally as fishers, furriers, fowlers and foresters.

In the 1800's sailships were built at the riverhead from local lumber and sent to Labrador for the floater fishery. Today, there is one seldom-used wharf in Western Bay. The goverment boat basen is at Ochre Pit Cove, a 10 minute drive away.

It is a historic fact that the now extinct Beothuk Indians would visit Ochre Pit Cove to collect the red ochre found there and Indian Pond is where their encampment was.

Details are scanty, however at least two Western Baymen were killed by Beothuks in a battle somewhere in Bonavista Bay. There were other skirmishes recorded relatively close by ie at Hants Harbour and Little Heart's Ease in nearby Trinity Bay and at Saulvage in Bonavista Bay.

Western Bay is the birthplace of Canada's poet E. J. Pratt. His father was a Welsh Methodist missionary stationed for several years to the outport.
E.J. Pratt's missionary father is on record for having a low opinion of Western Bay and it's inhabitants; Undoubtedly this was simply angst-ridden home sickness because Western Bay is great!!!

In the 1920's The Prime Minister of Newfoundland; Sir Richard Squires K.B.E. was visiting Western Bay. Sir Richard had arrived by steamer.

The steamer was too large for the tiny wharf to the Prime Minister hopped in a tender and was shuttled ashore.

As Sir Richard stepped out of the tender he climbed up a ladder. Atop the the wharf was a man who stepped on his fingers and the Prime Minister fell into the harbour.

In the book RARE AMBITION the author alludes that John Crosbie's grandfather was the culprit; such is family folklore. Yes the incident occurred. Yes, the elder Mr. Crosbie was present. However, local folklore states the real culrit was a Western Bay resident named Capt'n Bishop.

Western Bay. does not have a hotel or a bar but it does have a Pentecostal Church, a United Church, a Catholic Chapel and a liquor store.

Western Bay can be reached by a paved road. It is about one hour from St. John's.

The Red Ensign of Newfoundland

I found this flag in a sea chest from my grandmother's house. This flag is really old. Its called a Red Ensign, which was the designated Newfoundland Merchant Marine Flag from 1801 until 1907.

This flag most likely flew above my Greatgrandfather's fishing premises located at South Wolf Island, Labrador.

The Crummey premises at South Wolf Island is noted on by Judge D.W. Prowse in his book HISTORY OF NEWFOUNDLAND on page 617. The Crummeys owned and operated operated a merchant house and fishing station there from 1893 until the 1920's when Newfoundland's economy collapsed.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Western Bay is real "down home".
  • In a nutshell:While in the neighbourhood check out the Orange Lodge meetings in nearby Broad Cove; they have a dart league.
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  • Nov 1, 2011 at 10:03 AM


    I have been trying to find out about the house flag used my ancestors (J & G Smith Co) of Brigus, NL in the early 20th century. I am also interested in how these designs originated and if there was any government registry involved in assigning them.

    John Cornick
    halifax, NS

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    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Great little page - nice local connections.

  • Nov 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Hi Jason, My name is Debbie Sellars and I was the one that bought your grandfather's house in Western Bay.I was wondering if you would have any photos of the house before it was towed over to where it is today or any other photos of the house. Thanks.


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