We need to share our his­tory

The Compass - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tors note: this let­ter is in re­sponse to an ed­i­to­rial head­lined, “Lo­cal his­tory go­ing the way of the dodo bird” that was pub­lished in the April 29 print edi­tion of The Com­pass. Thank God they still fish.

Our har­bour was once home to per­haps 20 schooners that saw close to 65 per cent of all res­i­dents travel to Labrador to par­take of the sum­mer­time salt cod in­dus­try.

Our people built ships and went on to nav­i­gate them around the world, de­liv­er­ing fish and re­turn­ing with freight from ev­ery cor­ner. We were known for these seago­ing res­i­dents.

To­day, Car­bon­ear har­bour is, for most of us, “in the way” as we drive here and there on our road­ways.

Who looks to the beach any­more to see if the tide has risen or fallen? How many of us have ac­tu­ally crossed the har­bour in a boat? How many have no­ticed the cou­ple of ice­berg growlers that found their way from the coast of Labrador to our shore­line this past week?

Visit our mu­se­ums, go see our her­itage and take out that well pre­served an­chor or com­pass and show our his­tory. Tell our story.

— Keith Hardy writes from Car­bon­ear

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