MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

St. Shott's

Known locally as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” due to the vast number of shipwrecks in the area, St. Shott’s is located on the southern tip of the Avalon Peninsula. The name of the community is believed to be derived from the one assigned by French cartographers; Cap De Chincete refers to the rugged coastline and underwater shoals. Used by French, Basque, Spanish, Portuguese, and West Country English fishers as a summer fishing station during the 16th and 17th centuries, it was settled by English and Irish fishers during the 18th century, after the Anglo-French wars.

During his visit in 1951, Leach collected from the following members of the St. Shott’s community:

Other Newfoundland Communities:

| Biscay Bay | Calvert | Cape Broyle | Cape Ray | Curling | Fermeuse | Flatrock | Mall Bay | Port au Port | Port Aux Basques | Portugual Cove South | Pouch Cove | Renews | St. Catherine's | St. Georges | St. Mary's | St. Shott's | St.Vincent's | Tors Cove | Trepassey |