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The Killick

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And just WHAT, IS THAT?!
If you've driven by the Torbay Town Hall recently,
you may have heard that question, or something
similar. Now, standing in front of our town hall . . .
at an astonishing 16 feet . . .
. . . is a killick. Yes, a killick.
Built out of wood and fibreglass, it is a replica of
the traditional wooden Newfoundland anchor.
When used, the rock served to pull the anchor
down to the ocean bottom, and the wooden points dug into the soil or sand, holding
the boat in place before iron anchors were developed.
For definitions of more Newfoundland words, like killick, check out the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

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