Screech In

Gatherall’s Screech In Ceremony

Become an honourary Newfoundlander on your tour

Experience Gatherall’s screech-in ceremony during your tour! Join the tradition, become an honorary Newfoundlander, and toast with shot of traditional Screech rum.

Register during your tour check in (additional fees apply). Includes complementary memento shot glass, ceremony, personalized certificate and shot of Newfoundland Screech rum.


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How It All Started…

Screech Rum dates back to the 18th century when Newfoundland was a key trading port in the salt fish trade market. Jamaican sailors often traded a dark local rum in return for Newfoundland salt fish. 

Newfoundland folklore often tells that Screech Rum gained its name from WWII American servicemen stationed in Newfoundland. It is said that when these men tasted the Jamaican rum, they let out a loud screeching noise to be heard from miles away…hence the name Screech Rum.

Screech Rum has since become a symbol of hospitality and camaraderie among Newfoundlanders. Non-Newfoundlanders or “Come From Aways” are often welcomed to the province by taking part in traditional Screech-In ceremonies. These often involve some Newfoundland sayings and a shot of the traditional Screech Rum!

Newfoundland Screech

What’s Included?

Gatherall’s Screech-In ceremony takes place on board during the return leg of the tour. Our crew are the best officiators around and will guide you in becoming an honorary Newfoundlander. Our spin on this age-old tradition, comes with a personalized certificate, custom shot glass and a sample of authentic Newfoundland Screech Rum!

Shot of Screech

Gatherall’s screech-in comes with a custom shot glass, the perfect keepsake to remember your experience!

Custom Shot Glass

What’s a screech-in without an authentic sample? You will have the chance to try Screech Rum for yourself!


Once you become an honourary Newfoundlander, you will receive a personalized certificate of completion! 

How Do I Get Screeched-In?

To get Screeched-In at Gatherall’s, book at our reception desk before your tour. We will take care of the rest. Additional charges apply. Must be 19+. *Screech-In’s not available on Nature Tour*

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