Dutch Run­ner has fi­nally set sail, leav­ing Port Hawkes­bury be­hind

The Casket - - NAVIGATE ATLANTIC - AARON BESWICK THE CHRON­I­CLE HER­ALD

“(The own­ers) are hang­ing on to hopes of sell­ing this ship — it’s like me try­ing to win the lot­tery,” Kruger, who cap­tained the boat on Labrador Coast, told The Chron­i­cle Her­ald last fall.

“In my view the peo­ple of Port Hawkes­bury have an in­ter­est to see that boat out of there.”

But as in Souris, the Dutch Run­ner’s own­ers kept cur­rent on their rent in Port Hawkes­bury.

“They were a good pay­ing client,” said Tim Gil­foy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Strait of Canso Su­per­port Cor­po­ra­tion.

“From that per­spec­tive, it’s too bad they left.”

Not ev­ery­one was paid as quickly.

Six sailors from Hon­duras, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Peru, left the un­heated ship in the fall of 2016 in protest of not get­ting paid by its for­mer own­ers and poor work­ing con­di­tions.

Since then there’s been a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent crewmem­bers from South Amer­i­can coun­tries and a va­ri­ety of rea­sons for its de­layed depar­ture.

Ron­alds, who also drives a cab, be­friended many of the crew mem­bers as he drove them around town on er­rands.

“They very nice peo­ple and all they wanted was a fair deal,” said Ron­alds.

“They’d leave the boat on er­rands but also be­cause they just wanted some hu­man con­tact. There are many peo­ple around here who have open in­vi­ta­tions to visit them and their fam­i­lies in South Amer­ica.”

One crewmem­ber from Nicaragua has kept in touch with Ron­alds – send­ing him pic­tures and video from the cur­rent civil un­rest in that coun­try.

“She’s gone but not for­got­ten,” said Ron­alds of the MV Dutch Run­ner.

AARON BESWICK

Jack Ron­alds holds a T-shirt, in Oc­to­ber, made in jest by for­mer Port Hawkes­bury res­i­dent Kyle Macmil­lan. The MV Dutch Run­ner had been tied up in Port Hawkes­bury for three years after be­ing asked to leave Souris, P.E.I. The ship has now left Cape Bre­ton.

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