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Wooden Boat Mu­seum hosts con­fer­ence fifth in Win­ter­ton

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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.

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