All about schooners
Wooden Boat Museum hosts conference fifth in Winterton
Organizers of the fifth annual conference hosted by the Wooden Boat Museum of NL in Winterton is describing the event as a success. That’s despite the fact that one of the highlights of the weekend, the sched- uled arrival of the schooner Leah Caroline on Friday, Sept. 7 had to be cancelled because of i n c l ement weather. T he schooner was constructed by Henry Vokey of Trinity. Just under 70 delegates and some 26 spouses registered for the event. The agenda focused heavily this year on the history of schooners in the province, especially those that once plied the waters of Trinity and Conception bays. The presence of three vintage fishing vessels powered by makeand-break engines also helped set the stage for a successful weekend. Meanwhile, the 2013 conference is scheduled for Glovertown.
COOKS IN THE GALLEY Ladies at the Winterton Recreation Centre take a quick break from preparing meals for the 5th annual Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador. The event was held in Winterton, Trinity Bay from Sept. 7-8. Shown here are, from left, Kim Reid, Glennys Coates, Louise Antle, Hilda Green, Jean Green, Brenda French and Grace Brinson.
IN FULL SWING Howard Cooper of Winterton and impromptu dance partner Sharon Vokey put on a spontaneous performance to live traditional music during the 5th annual conference hosted by the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.
KITCHEN PARTY PLAYERS Author Ted Rowe, a native of Heart’s Content, and his wife Maureen perform traditional music at the Kitchen Party held at the SUF Lodge in Winterton.
A FINE CREW Participants engaged at the Recreation Centre during the 5th annual Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Conference held in Winterton from Sept. 7-8.
IN THE WAKE OF THE SCHOONERS— Alan Cass of Bristol’s Hope takes a break outside the Recreation Centre in Winterton after giving an historical talk on the schooner fleets of Conception Bay. This talk was part of the 5th annual Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Conference.
GIVING THE CAPTAIN’S PAPERS— From left, James Hoskins of Seal Cove presents master boat builder Henry Vokey of Trinity, Trinity Bay with a sketch Hoskins did of Vokey and his latest schooner the “Leah Caroline.”
TOUR OF THE BOATS — Participants tour the displays of model boats and images at the museum. Pictured here is is museum board member Alex Howse, standing by a wooden scale replica of the “Kelvin Drifter” he built as a special project from old ship plans belonging in his family. The replica is intended as an heirloom gift eventually for his grandson, six-year-old Simon.
I’S THE B’Y THAT BUILDS THE BOAT— Frank French of Winterton stands in front of a traditional wooden boat he built in the last year. French officially launched his boat during a conference hosted recently by the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Conference.