“The Water Witch”


Water Witch is wrecked on a Horrid Gulch reef near Pouch Cove. Pouch Cove fishermen save some. The Humane Society of Liverpool sent "Gold medals to those fishermen who never knew no fear, The Governor's lady pinned them on"


Harbour Main is at almost the southernmost point of Conception Bay. Pouch [pronounced "Pooch"] Cove is near Cape St Francis which is turned on the way from St John's to Conception Bay. - BS

The sources checked (Lehr/Best, Northern Shipwrecks Database) disagree on details of this tragedy, dating it November 25 or 29, 1873 or 1875. The casualty count also differs: nine of 20 or 11 of 24. - BS, (RBW)

This ship, incidentally, should not be confused with the American survey ship _Water Witch_, built in 1853, which served as a blockade ship during the American Civil War, but was captured by the Confederates in 1864 and later burned. - RBW


  1. Lehr/Best 116, "The Water Witch" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7316
  3. BI, LeBe116


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1980 (Lehr/Best)
Found in: Canada(Newf)