Who was Lauchie MacDougall?
Lauchie MacDougall was a local farmer who was employed by the railway to send warnings to Port aux Basques when the winds were too fierce to risk sending the train.
He lived at Wreckhouse, and he claimed the uncanny ability to “smell” the wind.
Given a telephone and $ 20 a month in salary, MacDougall sent warnings of approaching southeasterly winds.
Until his death in 1965, Lauchie delayed hundreds of trains and saved as many lives. Today, high-tech instruments have taken the place of human instinct when it comes to predicting a gale in the Wreckhouse area.
Source: http://encounternewfoundland.com/ where-the- wind- blowswreckhouseand- thehuman-wind-gauge/