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Documents relating to Ferryland: 1597 to 1726

1689; Henry Southwood
extract from "A True Description of the Course and Distance of the Capes, Bayes, Coves, Ports and Harbours in Newfoundland..."

Map by John Thornton, in The English Pilot, vol. 4 (London: The Signe of England, Scotland and Ireland, in the Minories, 1689) 13-23.
Reprint in QE II.

Subjects: cod, fisheries, planters, ships, Pool Plantation.


From the North part of Ferryland Head to Ferryland, the course is west by north, about two miles. He that intends to go into Ferryland port or harbour must sail between the north part of Ferryland Head and Bouys Island, which is not very broad but water enough and clean ground. Being within the said Bouys Island, you may run in and anchor where you please, being a good handsome breadth, or you may go into the Pool, which is a place on the larboard [port] side (going in), within a point of beach, where you ride in 12 foot of water at low water. And there the admiral ship [ship fishing first arriving] generally rides. (The stages being near, several planters inhabitants live in this place.) From Bouys Island almost into the land to the westward are small islands and rocks, which make Ferryland harbour or port and divides it from Caplin Bay. Between the said rocks, in some places, is a passage for boats. And the water rises here about 3 and a half, 4 and sometimes 5 foot, and sometimes but 3 foot, as so it doth generally in all the harbours in this land.

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