The Official Flag of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
Designed by resident Bernard Martin, 1998.
The light blue diagonal on the lower portion of the flag represents the water of the Atlantic Ocean upon which the community was founded. The white diagonal above the light blue symbolizes both the icebergs which can be seen floating past the community each spring and early summer as well as the purity of our air. The compass has multiple meanings. Its blue color simulates the traditional “Petty Harbour Blue” paint favored by the Town’s fishermen for their boats while the compass itself is a well-known fixture of the fishing industry. It can point either to the future or the past and shows that the people of Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove can take charge of their own destiny, choosing the direction in which they want to move. Finally, just as the image of the codfish is central to the flag so too is it central to the history, culture and economy of the community. It is a lively fish, demonstrating strength and agility in the flick of its tail. In the same way, the fishery continues to survive and thrive in Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove despite the challenges of the 1990’s and the groundfish moratorium. Overall, the flag says that this is a community whose history is a vibrant thread of its present and future cultural and economic fabric.