Pike's buried in Channel Port-aux-Basques

The following photos were taken on 12 June 2005 and 29 June 2005 as I travelled through Port-aux-Basques. In all I was able to check the headstones in every cemetery that I found. Hopefully I found all of the cemeteries, but it might be that I missed one or more. It is also worth noting that some of the older cemeteries were very overgrown and had several headstones that were toppled over so that the inscriptions could not be read. There were also several stones that had fallen over and were completely covered by grass ... some of these I discovered quite by accident, by stepping on them and sensing the feel of a flat stone underfoot. Quite possibly I might have missed other stones covered by the overgrowth.

I failed to locate the 1853 headstone for Henry Pike that is mentioned on page 8 of the 1952 book "Newfoundland Holiday" by J. Harry Smith. If somebody should know its whereabouts, I would be pleased to hear from you.

The photos below are presented in the order in which I visited the cemeteries.

If you came to this page directly, then you might want to know that I have additional information about the Pike families of Newfoundland on my website.

All photos are: Copyright © David Pike.


06 August 2009: I received an email message with details of a few cemeteries that I must have missed when in Port-aux-Basques in 2005. Here's how they were described to me:
One is located behind the old ballfeild ... If you walk up currie avenue where the old RC school is at ... well just before the RC school look down to where the old ballfield ended and there are alot of headstones ... it is old and not taken care of ..... also you go further down the same street to a building called shark cove suites and there is another grave site behind the apartments also very old and not looked after.

St. James Anglican Cemetery

This is the new cemetery located out of town, with an access road from the TCH. These photos were taken on 12 June 2005 (in the rain).


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St. James Anglican Cemetery

This is the old cemetery, located on the way into town but easily within view of the ferry terminal. Indeed, you can see the MV Caribou in port in the first of the photos below, which were taken on the morning of 29 June 2005 (just after I arrived on the MV Caribou).


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United Church Cemetery

This cemetery is located in town. It is an old cemetery and is quite overgrown in places. As for directions, follow the little shark signs that lead to the Shark Cove Suites on Currie Avenue.


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An Anglican Cemetery

This cemetery is located in town, close to the lighthouse. It only has about 10 headstones, most of which have been arranged together on a collective stand.


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An old cemetery

This cemetery had no signs indicating any religious affiliation. It is an old cemetery with many stones buried by the overgrowth. As for location, go to the end of Avalon Lane. This is the cemetery that is easily visible from the port side of the ferries as they enter the harbour (indeed as you can see, while I was touring the cemetery, the MV Leif Ericson arrived).


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St. Paul's Anglican Church

This cemetery is located right beside the church. There were no Pike's in the cemetery, but there was one stone that mentioned a Pike, shown below.


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Salvation Army Cemetery

This cemetery is located out of town, alongside the TCH, and right beside the new UC Cemetery.


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Wesley United Church

This cemetery is located alongside the TCH, right beside the Salvation Army Cemetery. It is a new cemetery with lots of stones, but none for Pike's.


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St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery

This cemetery is located alongside the TCH, right beside the Pentecostal and RC Cemeteries. It is a new cemetery but had no stones for Pike's.


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St. Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery

This cemetery is located alongside the TCH, right beside the Pentecostal and St. Paul's Anglican Cemeteries. It is a new cemetery but I had no stones for Pike's (indeed, it didn't seem to have anybody buried in it at all).


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Pentecostal Cemetery

This cemetery is located alongside the TCH, right beside St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery and St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery. It had no Pike gravestones.


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