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Blown Away by the Wreckhouse and the Legend of Lockie McDougall

The legend of Lockie McDougall lives on!

During the early 1930s, the Newfoundland Railway managers became aware of a local farmer and trapper named Lockland "Lockie" MacDougall. According to his family, Lockie had a weather sense that gave him the ability to read the signs of an approaching storm and the intense winds that accompanied it. 

The Newfoundland Railway agreed to pay him as an observer — a "human wind gauge" — the premium sum of $20 a month to warn the nearby Port-aux-Basques rail office of the onset of extreme winds. [Weather Almanac 2005


  • I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but on a website called there is a list of songs from Don Crewe’s 2001 CD called On The Rock. The third song is listed as The Human Wind Gauge (A Tribute to Lauchie McDougall). So both names are spelled differently, according to the website … Lauchie instead of Lockie and McDougall instead of MacDougall.

    Lynne Allan
  • Thanks Jerome. The included reference indicates his name to be Lockland “Lockie” MacDougall. I’m unable to find any source that spells it differently. Can you provide a reference that we can link to with the spelling as you have it indicated please?

    Jason janes
  • Please spell Lauchie’s name correctly on your website. It is NOT Lockie.


    Jerome Jesseau

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