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Ambulance Service Notice
Mackenzie's Ambulance service requested the town's help in notifying all residents of the importance of knowing their street address and having it readily available to pass to the paramedics in case of an emergency. Many of the drivers are not familiar with the area and knowing the street address is essential in getting the paramedics to your home as soon as possible.

If you are unsure of your street address, please contact the town office, we can provide it to you.

Posted: June 6, 2017 9:31 pm NFLD

Water Thaw Up - Policy Change
Residents are advised that effective immediately, council has adopted a new policy for water thaw up. There will be a $25.00 fee per person/per hour charged to anyone needing the town's assistance in clearing frozen water lines. There will be a $25.00 fee per day for rental of water tanked used in thawing frozen water lines.

Posted: June 6, 2017 9:22 pm NFLD

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The Harvey Family Legend
Newfoundland DogIn 1828, the Harvey family, with the aid of their Newfoundland dog, "Hairyman", rescued 163 people from the sinking brig "Despatch", shipwrecked on the rocks off Isle Aux Morts. They made another daring rescue in 1838, saving 25 crew members from the Glasgow ship, the "Rankin". The present day Coast Guard Ship "Ann Harvey", is named in memory of the daughter of George Harvey who, while she was only 17 years old, assisted in these heroic deeds. [Read more]


Mushrow Astrolabes

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Astrolabe Monument in Channel-Port aux Basques

On November 26, 1981, Wayne Mushrow discovered a very rare and working Portuguese mariner's astrolabe on a shipwreck just off the coast of Isle aux Morts. The year "1628" and "Y. Dyas" are stamped on the astrolabe, indicating that it was likely made by known astrolabe maker, Joas Dyas.

This astrolabe (which was more than 350 years old when found) was a discovery of great historical importance. It was the only one of its kind ever found in Canada, and one of only four of it's kind found in the world. It is called the "Mushrow Astrolade" in Wayne Mushrow's honour.

In 1983, at the same site, Mushrow found a French mariner's astrolabe stamped with the year "1617" and the name "Adrian Holland". It is unknown whether he was the maker or owner of the astrolabe.

The Mushrow Astrolabes are the centerpiece of The Gulf Museum in Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland. This rare and significant find is on display during the summer months.

Link: About The Astrolabe - Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Link: Mushrow Astrolabe Historical Discovery
Link: News Release 2001 - Astrolabe Discovery

For more information, please visit us at the Isle aux Morts Town Office - or contact us by phone at (709) 698-3441 or via e-mail at info@isleauxmorts.ca.

Visit Historic Isle aux Morts
Situated on the rugged shoreline of Newfoundland's South West Coast, Isle aux Morts is a perfect destination for visitors looking for breathtaking scenery. Hills carpeted in reds, greens and gold of Newfoundland's mossy terrain surround the "Island of the Dead", a fitting name considering the hundreds of ships and lives that have been lost off the Isle aux Morts coast.. [See Attractions]

Posted: July 18, 2013 2:08 pm NFLD

Discovery of Mushrow Astrolabes
Learn about the valuable discovery of the Mushrow Astrolabes - found in the early 1980's on a shipwreck off the coast of Isle aux Morts.  [Read about Mushrow Astrolabes]

Posted: Feb 29, 2012 2:11 pm NFLD