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