Local photographer releases book
Retracing 1612 journey of John Guy’s Indeavour
On Oct. 7, 1612, John Guy, founder in 1610 of Canada’s first English settlement, departed Cupers Cove on a voyage of discovery. His 12-ton barque, Indeavour, along with a five-ton shallop and crew, set course for Trinity Bay. Their ambition: to initiate friendly relations with the Beothuk and establish a profitable fur trade.
Almost 400 years later, in 2009, Dennis Flynn, a native of Colliers and a well-known photographer and writer, retraced by bicycle and car the journey of Guy and his men. Dennis did the 1,100-kilometre journey in 7-8 days.
The result of Dennis’ modern-day adventure is a book, Voyage: Retracing the 1612 Journey of John Guy’s Ship the Indeavour. As a photo essay, it is a stunning profile of the communities along the routes Guy and his men followed.
Well over 150 full-colour photographs emblazon the pages. The book is unique in that it features snapshots of special events associated with the Cupids400 celebrations and archival shots of the Tercentenary in 1910.
“ What is being celebrated,” Flynn says, “ is not just the founding of Cupids, but the pattern of continuity of settlement that began here, spread out to Newfoundland and Labrador, then to Canada, and indeed to the rest of North America.”
According to Roy Dawe, chair of Cupids 400 Inc., the significance of Flynn’s book lies in its demonstration of “ the regional significance of the Cupids Cove colony.”
The official launch of Voyage will take place July 15. The event will be held in the Legacy Hall of the Cupids Legacy Centre. Flynn will be in attendance and will make a slideshow presentation of images from his book, as well as some that didn’t make the final cut. He will also field questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be made available for purchase and autographing at that time.
Well-known photographer and writer Dennis Flynn of Colliers holding his first feature book, Voyage, and standing beside John Guy, a role played by Clarence Barnes of Cupids.