the Town of
On the east
Lumsden has always been associated with the fishery and, today, still thrives on the ocean=s marine life. Every year crab, shrimp, lobster, lump and caplin are harvested. Lumsden is also a town full of tourism potential. It has three beautiful beaches that offers a perfect place to swim, sunbathe, play volleyball or relax.
In the Lumsden area, there are great ponds for trouting in the summer and ice-fishing in the winter. For those who love the sport, there are four salmon rivers that are just minutes away. There are opportunities for hunting big or small game, as well. Throughout the spring and early summer, Lumsden is a great place for sighting icebergs. If you wish to take a closer view of these icebergs, there are local fishermen who would take you out in their boats. Berry-picking is also available, in season, or you may wish to just Abuy a gallon or two@ instead. Other attractions in the area AThe Crows= Gulch@, a granite mine, Queen=s Head, northern and southern islands, and the kind and friendly people of Lumsden.
In 2001 the population of Lumsden was 622.
~ Water and Sewer
~ Garbage collection on weekly bases
~ Fire Protection Services - Lumsden Volunteer Fire Department
~ Snow clearing
~ Street lighting
~ Street Maintenance
~ Wesley United Church
~ Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness
~ Bonnews Lodge (
~ Otterbury Manor (Wesleyville)
~ Post Office
~ RCMP (Pound Cove)
Lumsden School Complex (K to 12) Students are bussed
in from two outside communities,
~ Softball field,
playground, basketball court, tennis
court, part owner of Beothic Arena (Pound Cove)
~ Telephone, Internet, Cable TV, Cellular Phone
~ Gander Beacon (local paper weekly delivery service)
~ Barbour's Bed & Breakfast/Cabins
~ Beothic Fish Processors
~ Butt's Store (grocery)
~ Chester Fried Chicken
~ C. Robbins Red & White Store (grocery)
~ Deborah Goodyear (Newfoundland Insurance)
~ Goodyear's Carpentry
~ Goodyear's Trucking
~ Goodyear's Variety (grocery)
~ Guys & Gals Hair Design
~ Morison's Lounge
~ Rich's Enterprises (Ultramar)
~ Robbins' Trucking
~ Wanda's Beauty Salon
~ Woodcrafters (wood craft shop)
~ United Church Women (UCW)
~ Explores (
to Grade Six)
Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT)
~ Eagles Nest Youth Center
~ Merry Meeting Senior Citizens
~ Tadpoles (Church group for Kindergarten to Grade Three)
Lumsden was originally named
For years, the people there lived in two separate areas: Lumsden South and Lumsden North. Around 1956-57, the people of Lumsden South started to resettle further inland and, in 1967, the people of Lumsden North also joined resettlement.
Lumsden Had Its Very Own Pirate
The Legend of Billy Murne
In the mid 1880's, it is said that Lumsden (then known as
Where he came from or how he got here no one knows
Stories have been told that he escaped from a pirate ship,
stealing gold from his fellow pirates and somehow made
his way to
Lumsden North and Lumsden South by a huge rock. For
Many years the burnt side of this rock gave evidence of
Billy Murne's fireplace, even though only few has said to
have seen this rock.
People say that a young girl by the name of Helen gray
took care of Billy Murne, probably hoping for some
financial reward before he died. On one occasion, when
Billy was trying to recuperate from an evening of heavy
drinking he call Helen to his bedside. "Helen", he
murmured, "Can you keep a secret?" "Yes, Mr. Murne,"
replied Helen, beaming with excitement, hoping that he
would tell her his hiding place for all of his gold. But,
turning his head to one side, said: "And, so can I".
No one really knows what happened to Billy Murne. He
either died on the beaches of Lumsden or in the town of
buried somewhere in the beaches of Lumsden.
The first recorded wreck at
The Unicorn left
On the night of September 15, 1891 the Amazon (James Noble, from
That night Susanna Goodyear was in labour. The light that the men had seen was her husband, Esau, with his lamp lit to go for the mid-wife.
Later that day, the body of Skipper Noble was found on the beach. Not far from where the second crew landed. While his coffin was being built his body was laid out in Esau Goodyear's stage. While preparing his body for burial a pipe full of tobacco fell from the Skippers pocket. One of the men who were building the casket wanted a smoke and remembered the pipe. Two other men followed behind him and crept under the stage. When the man reached for the pipe the other men pretending to be the spirit of the Skipper said "Don't you touch that pipe!" Uncle William replied, "Dat's alright Skipper, I only wants the baccy, I'll bring the pipe right back."
One of the greatest storms talked about in Lumsden is the boisterous gale that occurred on June 7, 1885. It is known locally as the seventh of June gale. Several schooners met their fate on Cat Harbour beaches during that storm: Corkum, sixty tons; Lady Winsor, twenty tons; Julie B., thirty tons; Coquette, fifty tons; Gibbons, thirty tons; and the Lolanthe. These vessels were on the way to Labrador for a season's fishing and were literally blown upon
The most recent wreck talked about in Lumsden was that of the S.S. Tackery on December 27, 1946.
The Tackery was bound for Botwood.
Just after passing
Many say that
was a memorable Christmas in Lumsden. The
population was boosted by thirty odd men, who brought from the vessel two
hundred and fifty bottles of rum and whisky.
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