LETTER: In Carbonear, we need to share our history

Melissa Jenkins
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Editors note: this letter is in response to an editorial headlined, "Local history going the way of the dodo bird" that was published in the April 29 print edition of The Compass.

Letter to the editor

History. The local stuff is passing faster than time into lost memories.

Carbonear, once so tied to the sea for centuries, has little if any marine history remaining.

Yes, we have our few fisherpeople who continue to toil the bay but only a shadow of the past industry. Thank God they still fish.

Our harbour was once home to perhaps 20 schooners that saw close to 65 per cent of all residents travel to Labrador to partake of the summertime salt cod industry.

Our people built ships and went on to navigate them around the world, delivering fish and returning with freight from every corner. We were known for these seagoing residents.

Today, Carbonear harbour is, for most of us, "in the way" as we drive here and there on our roadways.

Who looks to the beach anymore to see if the tide has risen or fallen? How many of us have actually crossed the harbour in a boat? How many have noticed the couple of iceberg growlers that found their way from the coast of Labrador to our shoreline this past week?

Visit our museums, go see our heritage and take out that well preserved anchor or compass and show our history. Tell our story.

— Keith Hardy writes from Carbonear

Geographic location: Carbonear, Labrador

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  • Neil Earle
    May 11, 2014 - 18:17

    Help may be on the way--an American editor has got hold of my manuscript on a fan's history of hockey and is absolutely fascinated by the old Jubilee Rink that Heber McGurk and I have both written about and wants to end with Dan Cleary and the Cup in Harbour Grace. In the meantime there's Heber's "Memories of a Former Era" to look at by DRC Publishing--a beautiful literary snapshot of Conception Bay and Labrador in the recent past--Neil Earle

  • Larry
    May 08, 2014 - 21:21

    I don't think we have much to worry about now, as we have a man from the sea, Sam Slade working hard on our behalf everyday. He will bring the money to our district and we will publicize our history so that it is known by all. At least that is what we elected him for, lets see how he makes out with that, eh supporter. Better hope the History Society continues their good deeds, as it is doubtful we can expect much from Sammy. Too bad, just as it started to go well.