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Bristol Area Lions hear about Labrador cruise 06/06/2018

Posted by DS in club business.

At the meeting on Monday, June 4 at the Willing Workers Hall, the Bristol Area Lions Club enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, and salad followed by chocolate cake and coffee served by caterer Deb Thibault, of Deb’s Bristol Diner.  After dinner, former Lion and chief design engineer with Hodgdon Yachts, Walter Wales showed photos of his 2008 trip to Labrador crewing on a friend’s yacht. Serafina and Darrin Carlucci from the Carpenters Boat Shop were also part of the six-person crew. 

The boat was a 46-foot ocean racing sloop built in Denmark named “Elksok”, a Danish name meaning lots of loving. A wooden vessel that had a double planked mahogany-over-cedar hull. It had made several Atlantic crossings and a trip to Greenland.     

The voyage began in July at Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, departing from the Bras d’Or Lake and crossing the Cabot Straight to St. John’s at the southeastern end of Newfoundland for their first stop.

The cruise than proceeded north to Labrador and up the coast to the deserted fishing village of Smokey Pickle. Anchoring off was difficult due to the rocky bottom, finally a proper anchorage was found.  Taking a dinghy ashore they found houses with boots just left on the floor. Houses had wooden sills extending out so they could be weighted down with rocks around the perimeter protecting them from harsh  winter winds. A dory was abandoned on a dock. 

The crew searched for waterfalls coming off the mountains to provide fresh water, to refill their 175- gallon tank.  Wales showed photos of polar bears, black bears and caribou seen on the shore. There are no glaciers in Labrador, but icebergs from glaciers calving in Greenland flow south.   A small iceberg was chipped and 10,000-year old ice cubes were served with drinks that night. 

Proceeding north they came to Nain, a large settlement with a population of approximately 400 of mainly Inuit. They spoke both English and Inuit. If they see a seal it is shot to provide food. A coastal ship arrives about every two to three weeks and there is an airport.  There were snowmobiles and dog sleds. 

Unfortunately, Wales had to leave the cruise at that point.  After his talk, he passed around a whale carved out of the local green granite which he purchased in Nain for $100.   

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 18 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor.  This will be our annual meeting and our five scholarship winners and a parent will be guests along with spouses and friends. The meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Al Rottner. 

Dinner will be roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, with fresh green beans, applesauce, and salad followed by strawberry shortcake with home-made whipped cream. To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call John Janell at 563-7402.  To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.


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