Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schooners in Harbour, Eastern Tickle, Newfoundland, by Barry Penton

Eastern Tickle was the largest of the four small communities which were established out side the Town of Fogo. It was established in the 1800's. One source places it's date of birth as 1857. In 1871 the population was totaled at 70, in 1889 it was 107, and the census of 1935 show a population of 60.
The people who settled here most likely came from the shores of surrounding Notre Dame Bay in search of better fishing grounds.
One of the more prominent features within Eastern Tickle was the Church of England school house. It had classes of grades one to six. The school was only open during the summer months. T At the time if a person had a grade eight education they were able to teach school. In 1911 the school had 17 students.
The community is said to have been the site of a cod liver oil factory owned by Stanley Layman.
The 1871 listings show a total of 15 families including 12 fishermen. Family names associated with this town in 1871 include: Barry, Elliott, Forsey, Hart, Leat (Leyte), Paine (Payne) and Pelley. By 1935 the Barry's, Elliott's, Pelley's and Hart's had left, however the Payne and Leyte families had grown substantially. Later, new families of Osmond, Wells and Burry were in residence.
This little community was finally resettled in the early 1950's. The last structure to be floated out of it's harbour, was the house of Hubert Forsey, which was 'shifted' to Joe Batt's Arm.
To day all that remains of this once thriving town, is the well-trodden hiking trail, and a cellar that stands proudly on the side of a hill.

The Eastern Tickle site is a popular place for people who like to stroll along the sea shore. In summer a meal of fresh mussels may be harvested and boiled on the beach. This location also has one of the only beaches along this shore where one can see thousands of capelin coming ashore to spawn.

Thanks to Barry for contributing this article about Eastern Tickle, and for submitting a copy of painting which features 'The Tickle.' A very precise and exacting work which would look good on a Newfoundland Travel poster. Well painted Barry!
To view more of Barry's works, please click here.

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