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Herring Cove


The community of Herring Cove is located southwest of Halifax on Route #349.


The Mi'kmaq originally called the area "Moolipchugechk" meaning 'a deep chasm or gorge." Its present name, Herring Cove, more likely came from the abundance of herring often found in the cove. Some believe, though, that Tom herring and his brother John settled here sometime around 1792 and may have given the cove its name. It is even listed on one of Governor Charles Lawrences' surveyor's maps as "Dunk Cove," a reference to George Dunk, Earl of Halifax.


Most of the early residents earned their living from the sea, the first families arriving in the early 1800s with the names of Sullivan, Reyno, Pelham, Dempsey and Brown. While a grant may have been given to John Salusburg sometime earlier, it was the Lather family who petitioned for title to the land in 1821, suggesting that Salusburg never lived on his grant - not an uncommon practice.


Herring Cove has had its share of famous individuals, especially those known for their skill in rowing competitions. George Brown was a champion singles sculler and for five years in a row he won the coveted $150 belt offered by the Halifax Yacht Club. He is buried in St. John's Cemetery where there is a plague in recognition of his rowing accomplishments.

Another young man, Harold Johnson, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was a talented member of a team that won the rowing championships. He was known to win titles in both the Middle- and Light-Weight boxing classes within the same night, which can be considered to be a rather unusual achievement for a boxer. Henry Pelham, a member of the 1932 Olympic rowing team, rowed for the Halifax Rowing club and won numerous medals and trophies.

Another Herring Cove hero was young Joe Cracker. As a very young child he lost his parents after they drowned in Portuguese Cove and he became a ward of the community. He was 13 years old when the HMS Tribune ran into trouble just off the coast. It was Joe who urged the community to come to the rescue of the ship's passengers and crew. At first the captain would not accept help, believing he could handle the situation. But when it became obvious that the ship was doomed, Joe jumped into a small rowboat and was the first to row through the rough waters to rescue two survivors. Unfortunately, the captain had delayed too long as only twelve of the 250 passengers on board survived.

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