“The Call of the Ice”: Tragedy and Vernacular Responses of Resistance, Heroic Reconstruction, and Reclamation

  • Diane E. Goldstein
  • Diane Tye


On March 8, 2001, Jessie Elliott, Adam Wall, and Adrian (AJ) Sullivan, three teenagers from the small coastal Newfoundland community of Pouch Cove, drowned. Initial reports, which were later contested, suggested that the boys’ lives were lost while jumping from one ice pan to another, in a traditional follow-the-leader or “chicken” type game called “copying.” Early accounts indicated that as the boys leaped from one unstable piece of ice to the next, a large wave came up dragging one of them into the freezing water. The teenager’s companions tried to help pull him back up, only to be swept out themselves into the churning seas. As darkness fell that evening, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary together with the Canadian Coast Guard combed the cove, first as a search and rescue mission, and later in an effort to recover the bodies of the three drowned boys. The next morning, the Coast Guard retrieved one of the bodies and three days later the community held a funeral for Jessie Elliott in the local church.


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  • Diane E. Goldstein
  • Diane Tye

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