Northern Labrador was a very busy place in 1995. The huge Voisey’s Bay nickel development was starting to swing into full gear in a remote part of the Labrador coastline just 21 miles south of Nain, the most northerly major town in Labrador.
The early signs of winter are obvious in that region by late October with snow on the ground and ice forming along the coastline, while many ponds and lakes are often frozen solid.
Marine shipping is crucial for the transport of nearly everything in ...
A Red Sky at Morning — Part II
(Above) John Gillett sitting on the deck of his house in Twillingate during an evening of story telling, 2014
On October 28, 1971, John Gillett and his friend Clarence Oxford were turr hunting when John had a sudden premonition of impending danger. His strange feeling was strong enough for John to suggest they should turn around and head for home in Twillingate. It was a calm morning and turrs were plentiful, but Clarence knew the forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon so ...
A Red Sky at Morning
Like most veteran fishing skippers, John Gillett has plenty of good yarns to spin about his many years on the water.
Some are funny, some are about boats loaded to the gunwales, some are about bad years and others are about close calls — all are interesting.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity one evening to sit and chat with John on the veranda of his home in Gillesport/Twillingate on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.
Overlooking Twillingate Harbour while sipping a cup of tea ...
The End of a Dream – Part II
Last month we told you about Mackenzie’s Dream a 65-foot fishing vessel out of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland that caught fire nearly 200 kilometres offshore in May 2005. The crew was largely made up of one family. Captain Edwin Noonan was accompanied by his wife Anne, sons Shane and Edwin Jr (Neddy), daughter Melinda and Anne’s nephew Brendan Broderick. The only non-family member was Darin Rose. When flames in the ship’s stack began to spread to several areas of the vessel, it was time to ...
The End of a Dream
Above photo: Captain Ed Noonan at home in Bay de Verde
Mackenzie’s Dream, a multi-species fishing vessel owned by Quinlan Brothers Ltd. of Bay de Verde on Newfoundland’s east coast, was one of the largest fishing vessels in the area in 2005.
There were lots of other 65-footers in the Trinity and Conception Bay fleets, especially from Port de Grave, approximately 45 miles to the south, but Mackenzie’s Dream was 26-feet wide and higher than many vessels in her class and fitted ...
The Survival and Patience of Job – Part IV
Life for Job Goudie and his family would never be the same after the explosion that killed his friends Rollie Weir and Ralph King on Monday morning, May 29, 1978.
Job barely survived, but there must have been times following when he wondered if survival was indeed a blessing. His struggle to live had only just begun when the Dobbin brothers pulled him from the ocean in Little Bay.
For weeks, doctors could do little or nothing to fix his broken, fractured and mangled bones. Because his ...
The Survival and Patience of Job — Part III
On May 29, 1978, Ultramar fuel distributor Job Goudie from Springdale, Newfoundland was filling the gas tanks of a vessel in nearby Little Bay when an explosion occurred. The vessel owner, Rollie Weir, along with crewman, Ralph King, died in the inferno, but Job was blown overboard from the deck of the vessel and survived. He was badly burnt, with multiple bones broken along with many fractures, but thanks to the quick action of Bert and Leonard Dobbin from Little Bay, Job survived. This is ...
The Survival and Patience of Job — Part II
Above photo: Job’s boots were blown off his feet in the explosion but later recovered. The force of the explosion separated half the boot from the soles in both.
Last month we told you about an explosion and fire that killed two men from Little Bay Islands onboard a vessel. A third man miraculously survived. Job Goudie, from Springdale, was delivering gasoline to a small tanker vessel that was docked in Little Bay near Springdale, on Newfoundland’s northeast coast, when a fire, ...
The Survival and Patience of Job
Above photo: The Maraval later named the Notre Dame.
Miracles happen, they say.
Job Goudie agrees. He is one. At least the fact that he is still alive can surely be described as miraculous or, as his wife Sylvia says confidentially, it was divine intervention that saved her husband.
In May 1978, Job was in a horrific explosion that killed two men, but incredibly, Job came out of it still breathing, but he was far from well.
In 1972, Job and Sylvia, along with their four sons, ...
Ernest Thornhill – A Man of Uncommon Courage and Bravery
Captain Bert Boertien has had his fair share of injuries including broken bones in his fishing career.
The renowned fishing skipper from Souris, P.E.I. also had several close calls that could have been fatal, but on each occasion, luck and lots of it, was on his side. From his room at a nursing home in Souris, he loves to recount those stories and share them with friends. The Navigator was lucky enough to hear a few.
In 1969, Bert’s fishing vessel, North Bay caught fire and sank off ...