Sea Folk 28 results

Building a Better Future

Leonard LeBlanc didn’t aspire to be a fisherman when he was growing up in Cheticamp. Although he comes from a long line of fishermen on Cape Breton Island, Leonard’s dad quit fishing in the early 1940s to join the Canadian Navy in World War II. When he returned from overseas, the elder LeBlanc took a job as a diesel mechanic on a fisheries patrol boat. Subsequently, Leonard didn’t have a fishing enterprise to inherit from his dad, but even if his father had still been a fisherman ...

Happiness is a Clean Boat

Jana Jeffery has probably been labeled a few things, but no one has ever called her lazy. Jana has seen and done a whole lot in her time and during most of her adult years, she’s held down a couple of jobs at the same time. Born in Ottawa 42 years ago, where she lived until age 4, Jana grew up in Elliot Lake, a mining town in Northern Ontario. She was always an active outdoors girl. “I grew up building forts, riding bikes, fishing and swimming in the lake behind my home and lots of ...

The Model Man – Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke likes to build boats — little boats, especially models of commercial fishing vessels. So far, Jeff has built 32 and he has orders from people for another 32 or more. Model boat builders are not rare in Newfoundland and Labrador, but what sets Jeff apart from others is that he builds models armed with nothing more than a photo of the vessel, viewed on the small screen of his iPhone. Obviously, his boats are not built to scale, but his ability to produce an almost exact ...

No Friend of Poachers

Larry Rumbolt can’t remember when he started fishing, but clearly remembers when he became a full-fledged crewmember and was paid a share of the season’s catch of cod and salmon. The year was 1979 and Larry was 10 years old. His skipper was his dad, Charl (Charles) Rumbolt and his other boat mate was his 12-year-old brother Carlton. The fishing season in Mary’s Harbour, Labrador was perfectly timed for schoolboys like Larry. Cod and salmon migrated to inshore coastal waters in late ...

Queen of the King Air

Teri Childs spends a lot of time looking for things on or in the ocean. No, she is not a mariner — Teri is above that — hundreds and sometimes thousands of feet above that. Captain Teri Childs is a pilot with PAL Aerospace in St. John’s and her job is to keep an eye on both foreign and Canadian fishing vessels, transatlantic shipping, icebergs and even monitoring whales and other marine species. When she is not flying, she’s teaching pilots in New York, which is also part of her ...

Kevin Wadman: Time for a Change

Kevin Wadman sits in a camp chair next to his motor home in a Pippy Park campground. The newly retired fish buyer and processor from Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland, was enjoying a relaxing, sunny afternoon in August, 2016 along with his wife, Sylvia, and their daughter Rhonda. Surrounded by thick forest, it is hard to believe the campground is just a few minutes walk from Confederation Building in St. John’s. It’s been one of Kevin’s favourite camping areas for almost 30 years, largely ...

King of Hickman’s Harbour

Austin King has been a full-time fisherman for 75 years. The hard-working, small-boat fisherman is in his 80s now, but his peers need to get up very early in the morning to beat him to the fishing grounds. And, often when many figure it’s too rough to go on the water, you will find Austin steaming out from his homeport of Hickman’s Harbour, Newfoundland at the crack of dawn to check his nets or haul lobster pots or crab traps. Hugely admired and respected by fishermen in his region ...

Concerning Multi Species

Artist Florence Pinhorn doesn’t have a painting titled Moonlight on Water. Perhaps she never will, but a view of moonlight shimmering on the Northwest Atlantic Ocean in full view of her artist’s studio, the Island Rock Studio, in Winterton, Newfoundland, was the seed that grew her most recent solo art exhibit. “My husband and I were upstairs in the studio one night enjoying a glass of wine, looking out over the sea and watching the moon on the water and we started talking about the ...

The Collector — Part II

In the July issue of The Navigator, readers were introduced to Garry Smith from Clarenville, Newfoundland. The tall, 63-year old fisherman has always been passionate about the fishery and the need to treat all marine resources with care and respect. He is also known as a good humanitarian who has always helped those less fortunate, including a personal interest in helping a family of refugees who recently arrived in Newfoundland from Syria. Garry also has deep regard for Newfoundland ...

The Collector — Part I

Garry Smith is an impressive man in several ways. At 6’7” he definitely stands out in a crowd. He is literally head and shoulders above the rest. He has to bend down to get through standard 6’6” doorways and he can’t even fit into compact cars. The 63-year old veteran fisherman, who grew up in Gooseberry Cove, Trinity Bay, now has homes in Clarenville and St. John’s. How much time he spends in each depends on the time of year. During fishing season, he lives in Clarenville ...