The wind in the rig­ging

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

Horn, the south­ern­most head­land of the Tierra del Fuego ar­chi­pel­ago of south­ern Chile. Cape Horn is dif­fi­cult to ac­cess ei­ther by land or sea. How­ever, Capt. Jack stated in his life story that he landed on the Horn in 1923.

“I had made my land­ing on the tip of the Horn,” he en­thused, “and it seems, as far as can be found out, that I am the only known New­found­lan­der to have landed on Cape Horn, per­haps the only one of any coun­try.”

Not with­out rea­son did Paul Sparkes, in 1977, a year be­fore Capt. Jack’s death, dub him “an en­ter­tain­ment medium in him­self !” His writ­ings, in­clud­ing “The Wind in the Rig­ging,” de­serves to be read by a post­mod­ern gen­er­a­tion cap­ti­vated by the power of story and nar­ra­tive.

— Bur­ton K. Janes lives in Bay Roberts. His col­umn ap­pears in The Com­pass ev­ery week. He can be reached at bur­tonj@nfld.net

Book cover Wind in the Rig­ging

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