An­other plea for Car­bon­ear break­wa­ter


Dear edi­tor,

Re­cently, I lis­tened to a news­reel clip of an an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the ma­rina in Lewis­porte with re­gards to its many up­grades and their out­look on the fu­ture. The clip goes ba­si­cally like this: over the last sev­eral years the Lewis­porte Ma­rina has made many up­grades to its fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal, boat re­fu­elling, ac­cess to wa­ter and, more im­por­tant, space for long-term boat­ing res­i­dents and boaters wish­ing to visit the fa­cil­ity.

It has been such a suc­cess that now they are vy­ing for 75 new berths for boaters. It has been such a hit that boaters from around the world in­clud­ing Poland, Nor­way and Ger­many have stopped into Lewis­porte while tran­sit­ing across the At­lantic. It has been such a hit that the word of Lewis­porte Ma­rina is passed by word-of-mouth amongst the sail­ing com­mu­nity and to sup­port this, there was an in­ter­view with a Ger­man sailor who was told of Lewis­porte from a sailor from Green­land. The Ger­man sailor in­di­cated that he would have to think very very hard to find even one fault with the ma­rina. Now if that isn’t a pos­i­tive tes­ta­ment to suc­cess.

It makes me won­der why we don’t have any­thing sim­i­lar, or rather I should put this in there, “re­motely” sim­i­lar? And be­fore I write fur­ther, I have to say congratulations to Lewis­porte on a fine job. Well done.

The Har­bour Grace Ma­rina, lo­cated on the south­side, is a good ex­am­ple what we need. How­ever, upon a re­cent visit, I al­most see more fish­ing ves­sels than small plea­sure boats. I’m sure there is a need and a place for such large ves­sels, but I’m not sure that basin is the right choice.

I look at the Car­bon­ear wharf fa­cil­ity and I have to wear blink­ers like horses would use or de­velop some sort of per­cep­tual nar­row­ing vi­sion be­cause once again an ar­ti­cle like that one of Lewis­porte just makes me sick when I think of our own.

More re­cently, a small sail boat was look­ing for safe berthage from high winds, and for­tu­nately or un­for­tu­nately — you be the choice — he made it into Car­bon­ear, only to be bat­tered al­most to pieces where he had docked. Well, luck­ily for him, all went well and he made it through the night.

I can only imag­ine the en­joy­able night that he would have had if he had sought shel­ter within our break­wa­ter, where other small boaters from around the world had sought safe shel­ter from the storm. Oh that’s right, what Break­wa­ter?

As some of you might not know, the Har­bour Au­thor­ity of Car­bon­ear have ac­tively and tire­lessly been seek­ing such a break­wa­ter, sim­i­lar to that of Old Per­li­can and Ochre Pit Cove, that would pro­tect boats from such weather.

Such a break­wa­ter would not only do the above, but just think of the eco­nomic base it would gen­er­ate with re­gards to tourism, etc. We now have the mu­seum open­ing up and yet when tourists de­cide to stroll our streets and find them­selves at the wharf ’s edge, they must asked them­selves, “ What’s this?”

I will con­clude with a quote from Mayor Sam Slade, which ap­peared in the July 26 edi­tion of The Com­pass on the of­fi­cial re­open­ing of the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool.

The mayor stated: “ The pro­ject would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of other lev­els of gov­ern­ment.”

That’s the kind of sup­port we need, but some­thing I just don’t think we have. I see that Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy has his name at­tached to open­ings and an­nounce­ments of var­i­ous projects around the district, but yet I think he needs a com­pass to find the wharf in Car­bon­ear. Dean J. Pen­ney


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