Natural Resources

Avalanches

Date: May 24, 1833

Location: Carbonear

Easting: 334200

Northing: 5288200

Latitude: 47° 44' 00" N

Longitude: 53° 13' 00" W

Fatalities: 1

Injuries: 0

Source: Carbonear Star, May 29, 1833

The definition of an avalanche can be fairly loose, and can include pieces of ice falling from cliffs. In Newfoundland, ice can remain on shaded coastal cliffs long into the spring, and provides a danger to those working underneath. One such incident caused the demise of young Richard Penney, who in late May 1833 rowed from the north side to the south side of Carbonear Harbour, with the intent of gathering a boat-load of wood. He landed below the cliffs and was tying up his boat when a large chunk of ice fell from the cliff and hit him on the head, killing him instantaneously. According to the Carbonear Star of May 29, 1833, "The young man was only twenty years of age and bore an excellent character for sobriety and good conduct".

 
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