Was there a ghost ship in Har­bour Grace?

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

In read­ing the ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Searchers come up empty” in the Sept. 13 edi­tion of The Com­pass, my thoughts went back to that night (Sept. 6) and the trauma it caused the peo­ple of Har­bour Grace.

A friend called me and said a sail boat­ing ac­ci­dent had hap­pened on the har­bour. I heard the heli­copter over my house and when I looked I saw it was cir­cling the har­bour. I got into my car to take a look and that’s when I saw the peo­ple, cars, fire trucks, the Coast Guard out on the wa­ter and what looked like other lo­cal boaters too.

It was dark by this time so vis­i­bil­ity from the shore was not great. I stopped and asked sev­eral peo­ple and was told that a sail­boat had gone down with five peo­ple on board but that no­body could see any­thing, i.e. a de­bris field, etc. This greatly un­nerved me and I know a few of my se­nior friends on Wa­ter Street would feel the same way.

How right I was! I stopped and had a chat and cup of tea with one 89-year-old lady who later told me she never slept that whole night. A cou­ple of other se­niors in the area ex­pe­ri­enced the same trauma.

On my way home I stopped and asked again whether the sit­u­a­tion had changed, but the story seemed to be for­ever chang­ing as to the where, when, how and why of the cir­cum­stances re­gard­ing the size of the boat and the peo­ple aboard.

What did the man who made the re­port ac­tu­ally see? It wouldn’t be the first time a ghost ship was spot­ted in one of our har­bours. Could this be food for thought? A rather ex­pen­sive sight­ing to be sure, but nec­es­sary to in­ves­ti­gate nev­er­the­less. Our many thanks to all the lo­cal boaters and pro­fes­sional re­sponse teams who gave of their ex­per­tise in this mat­ter. Joy French-Cole­man

Har­bour Grace

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