Jan 10, 2016
Hello Photo of the Week enthusiasts and welcome to a superb album to kick off 2017.
This whole batch comes from Frank and Sharon Edison. When I looked at them, I felt like I’d been on a cruise all ‘round The Rock. Here’s Frank’s introduction:
We spent the summer of 2016 cruising northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Although every mile and every port had their charms we recall most often three locations; Great Harbour Deep, Henley Harbour and Battle Harbour.
Great Harbour Deep was a fishing community on the Great Northern Peninsula of NL. It was abandoned in 2002 and the inhabitants relocated to other communities that had road access and therefore necessary facilities like schools and medical were readily available. The port no longer has liviers (NL term for people who live primarily in the area) yet a few people maintain the old houses and out buildings for use in the summer. There is also an outfitter with a lodge who caters to snowmobilers in the winter.
Henley Harbour on the south coast of Labrador is another abandoned community. The people were relocated in the early ‘70s but many kept their houses as cabins and continued to fish from there.
Cruising through the bergy field to gather a bit for my rum. These are the most dangerous obstacles for a fiberglass boat because they are hard to see. We usually steered well clear.
Battle Harbour, Labrador. Once considered the capitol of Labrador as it was a thriving fishing community and boasted having one of the first hospitals in NL, established by Dr Wilfred Grenfell
Great Harbour Deep. We are tied alongside a fishing boat. This was our usual practice when possible so we did not have to ride the tide on the rough wharves. Bring a fender board! Ours got a great work out.
Henley Harbour. We were unsure if we could get alongside or not but found the wharf in fair shape and lots of water
Sharon and me at the high point on Stage Island.
Henley Harbour. As I rummaged through the old houses I found so much ‘neat’ stuff. This is the lighthouse report from 1949. Note the name Stone at the bottom. Almost everyone who lived in the community was related.
So many bergs that the camera was always at the ready. Every angle and change in the light made for a completely different picture. Unfortunately it is difficult to get a feel for the size as this one had to be at least 100 ft high.
The Photo of the Week feature has turned out to be a goldmine. The shots above were submitted a couple of weeks ago. Now we’d love to get yours. Please.