05 January 2009

The Great Sheaves Cove Chainsaw Massacre

News of a racket in Lourdes between two fellows clearing snow brought back memories from 25 years ago of a story from Sheaves Cove, another community on the Port au Port peninsula.

A university mate spent the summer working with the Mounties patrolling that portion of the west coast of Newfoundland and brought back all sorts of tales – tall and otherwise – as he took the Force out for a pre-hiring test spin.  Aside:  he joined the Force and has worked his way up to dizzying heights.

Anyway, seems that in Sheaves Cove, constables responded to a call one night of two fellows going at each other’s property with chainsaws.  A dispute over a fence or something got a bit out of hand a before too long, the boys were headed for the Poulans or whatever gas-powered wood-slicer was in the shed. 

When the Mounties arrived one guy was chopping into the disputed fence while the other fellow was slicing into his neighbour’s house.

Then there was the one about what became known as the Bay St. George Space Station.  A crowd gathered in the kitchen of buddy’s new house to celebrate finishing the work on the place and getting the family moved in. 

In the middle of the festivities, the house was rocked by an explosion.  Da b’ys rushed around to figured out what had happened and to see if anyone was injured.  As the story goes – and this is where it hits Mythbusters territory -  they’d hooked up the hot water tank and forgot to install the pressure relief valve.  Once the pressure built up in the tank, it had no where to go but out through the drain valve toward the bottom of the tank.

The thing reputedly took off like a rocket and headed up through the floor.  It tore out the toilet and tank, which happened to be installed above on the floor immediately above the hot water heater. The toilet wound up 300 yards out in the back yard and the water heater ended up 600 yards out.



Anonymous said...

I am taking um bridge with your kind of joke telling. Mr. Hollett, have you ever heard a mainlander try to tell a good Newfoundland joke? Every time I hear a mainlander who knows nothing about Newfoundland humour tell a NL joke, they are always demeaning and an attempt at making themselves sound more educated, more in tune with the rest of the world and more important. I feel the same way regarding your commentary on Sheaves Cove January 5, 2009. In the past, I have known and experienced how people from St. John's think they are above the rest of the Island especially the West Coast, but I did not know that it still existed in 2009. When people have the need to make a person seem of little importance, value or stupid then I have to ask what is wrong with them? People from the Port au Port area are some of the kindest, most intelligent and generous people who live in Newfoundland. You ought to take a little trip to that area and find out for yourself. It is tacky for Newfoundlanders to run down other Newfoundlanders especially since there are only 504,000 of you on the Island. Rise to a higher level. I wonder what Ted Kennedy would say about that kind of put-down.

Donny Dooley said...

Actually, I enjoyed the story Edward! LOL :)


Edward G. Hollett said...

Is it a joke, 1542?

While the story is humourous on one level, events of the past week demonstrate that it is far from a laughing matter.

And if you read the beginning of the most it makes reference to yet another example of extreme behaviour related to a land dispute in a community near Sheaves Cove.

I had heard the story originally as a story which actually occurred, not as a joke.

Whatever implications, inferences or meanings you've picked up are ones you have put there.

I indeed wonder why you feel the need to read a meaning into this post that is not only not intended but which is clearly not there.

There may well be people who believed that the story was exaggerated but in light of recent events in Sheaves Cove, the story is clearly just the tip of a very big iceberg. That was the point of the August post.

I don't know why you felt the need to insert a meaning into this entire story but that's your own problem. Your comment is filled with a host of assumptions, including the bit about Newfoundlanders putting down other Newfoundlanders.

If you are originally from here, why did you feel the need to do it?

Have you read any of my other posts which make exactly that point AND which correct mistaken impressions of Newfoundland and Labrador? Evidently.

Perhaps you might want to take a breath or a heard look in the mirror before you start imputing things to others.

Anonymous said...

I just learned of the incident in Sheaves Cove via the CBC "Here and Now Program out of St. John's. I will also say it was by accident I was able to listen to the broadcast. Even though you may have been relaying what was told to you, it is still a put-down in tone and exaggeration. Having heard about the "fued" I still read it as a "joke" Oh! Just in case you think I am from the area, I am not.

Anonymous said...

I still read your comments Mr. Hollett as a "joke" on your part.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Absolute nonsense 1854 and nothing mroe than nonsense on your part.

Anonymous said...

It's time you used spell check on your computer. Oh yes! According to you no one can have an opinion that differs from yours. Are you suffering from "tunnel vision"?

Edward G. Hollett said...

Thanks for that bizarre, yet entertaining commentary, 1647.

Stream of consciousness is always fun, even if others can't figure out how all the bits and pieces fit together.

Anonymous said...

As the Facebook Group of the same name...Sheaves Cove...There's No Place like Dodge City!

The Hadfields and the McCoys...the newfie version!

Oh yeah and I'm from the area..its ridiculous, but that ridiculous at this point to think that they are still fighting over land...to some of the area, it is, indeed, funny.