Who was Lauchie MacDougall?

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page -

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/

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