Re­mem­ber­ing a tragedy

Cupids His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to com­mem­o­rate loss of the Water Witch

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

A unique cer­e­mony will be held in Cupids next month to mark the the sad end to the schooner Water Witch, which floun­dered onto the shore­line near Pouch Cove dur­ing a mighty storm on Nov. 29, 1875.

The tragedy re­sulted in the death of 12 of the 25 peo­ple on board the ves­sel, a 62-ton, 69-foot schooner which was home-ported in Cupids and owned by a ship­ping com­pany in St. John’s.

The heroic res­cue ef­forts of a group of men from Pouch Cove is cred­ited with pre­vent­ing fur­ther loss of life.

136 years ago

The Cupids His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will hold its first Water Witch com­mem­o­ra­tive evening at the Cupids United Church on Dec. 6, be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m.

The event will mark the 136th an­niver­sary

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