Prospering from the Labrador COD and SEAL fisheries, the Anglo-Irish community was by the 19th century the location of one of Newfoundland's earliest denominational schools (1843). In 1859 it was the site of sectarian riots during the general election, and in 1883 of bitter sectarian violence resulting in 5 deaths. The Methodist movement was introduced to British North America from Harbour Grace in 1766 by Reverend Laurence COUGHLAN, a convert of John Wesley. Several pioneering attempts at transatlantic and round-the-world flights were made from here 1919-32. In 1932 Amelia Earhart, leaving Harbour Grace, was the first woman to pilot a plane over the Atlantic.
The community is today a service centre and supports several small industries.
Author JANET E.M. PITT AND ROBERT D. PITT
Links to Other Sites
Baccalieu Trail Archeology
Explore the history and heritage of the Baccalieu Trail Region, a collection of coastal communities along Conception Bay and the south side of Trinity Bay on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. Scroll down to "Henry Crout's Journal" for historical entries (note: Henry Crout was Sir Percival Willoughby's first agent in Newfoundland).
The official website of the Town of Harbour Grace. Check out the fascinating "History" section for stories about the local pirate Peter Easton and more.
Pirates: Outlaws of the Ocean
Pirate pictures and stories. Read about Peter Easton, Murder on the Saladin, and more at this website from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.