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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 ...

Last of an Era

Above photo: A young Sam Gosse (right) hauling a cod trap before the cod moratorium off Torbay N.L. Sam Gosse and his brother Tommy have built very successful careers, but they started from very humble beginnings. Sam, 45, is just one year older than Tommy and the two have always been very close. Sons of an inshore, small-boat fisherman in Torbay, Newfoundland, the brothers are the last of a Gosse family tradition dating back 150 years or more — they are the last of the Gosse ...

Safety First

Stewart Franck thinks about safety at sea a lot. In fact, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Safety Association is paid to think about it and where possible, improve the safety record of the most dangerous commercial industry in the country. Stewart was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and still lives in the region, although he lived in Manitoba for several years when his parents moved there when Stewart was a boy. Although Bridgewater is 15 miles inland from the ...

Gilbert Linstead: Fish Man of Labrador

L’Anse au Loup. The name has a lovely, melodic ring to it doesn’t it? Especially when pronounced properly with the ‘p’ silent, — i.e. L’Anse au Loo. It’s a French name that, in English, means Cove of Wolves. Gilbert Linstead is proud to say he is from L’Anse au Loup, Labrador. The general manager and CEO of the Labrador Shrimp Company was born and raised in the southern Labrador community of 550 people and still lives there most of the year. He also has a residence just ...

The Playgrounds Were Wharves and the Sea

Ghislain Cyr is passionate about preserving the fisheries and marine ecosystem in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. One of several generations of fishermen, the 57-year-old from the Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) is also very vocal about his commitment to conservation. That is not surprising perhaps when one considers that the ‘Maggies’ are almost totally dependant on the fishing industry for survival. Ghislain is well known throughout the Atlantic region because of his involvement ...

A People Person

Most people who know Mildred Skinner from Harbour Breton, located on Newfoundland’s south coast, would agree with her self-assessment that she is a people person. Now in her 50s, Mildred has been volunteering since she was a teenager. After a few different jobs as a young woman, including a stint in the retail business, a cook, waitress and Canada Post employee, Mildred later became a full-time fisherwoman which in turn led to related volunteer positions such as an inshore council ...

Defying the Odds — Part II

Last month we introduced you to boat builder Val Cull from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast. A very interesting man who started from humble beginnings, Val was self-taught in the art of wooden boat building and later learned the skills of fibreglass construction. He was best known during most of his career for his repair and vessel maintenance skills and more recently made a name for himself as the builder of some of the largest privately owned fishing vessels ever built in ...