Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher re­leases book

Re­trac­ing 1612 jour­ney of John Guy’s In­deav­our

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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.

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