The Kyle send­ing a mes­sage

The Compass - - OPINION - — Keith Hardy

I write in re­sponse to re­cent me­dia cov­er­age of the SS Kyle that she had dropped the chart room down into the fa­mous smoke room. The pho­tos show the old girl shows a lit­tle more sign of age.

But don’t for one mo­ment think this is it for this 101year-lady of the wa­ter. No sir, don’t kid yourself as she in­tends to be the Black Pearl in the neck­lace formed around Har­bour Grace Har­bour for an­other century. I would ven­ture to say ev­ery liv­ing soul within in this is­land and Labrador will be long a mem­ory while this SS Kyle sits there in the sand.

She just de­cided a few days back to get no­ticed. Maybe to get your at­ten­tion as her care­taker?

If you were to ask me I think she was a lit­tle tissed that she never got this trip to the Front this week to start the seal hunt. Likely she knew the seal­ers were gone, a mar­ket they say for 60,000 pelts and this year plenty of ice for them to get on. Maybe the old girl had a flash­back of ear­lier times?

In re­gards to the chart room, it was an added item not there when she first ar­rived. She likely is not go­ing any­where so a chart room could stay or go. In re­spect to the smoke­room ... well at 101 years it was about time she took the hint and gave up tobacco.

No one can take the SS Kyle from our mem­o­ries. She has the same re­spect to­day as in her his­tory as part of the trans­porta­tion sys­tem of our prov­ince. The old girl saw more din­ner­times than din­ners as they say in look­ing af­ter our people.

No one can take the SS Kyle from our mem­o­ries. She has the same re­spect to­day as in her his­tory as part of the trans­porta­tion sys­tem of our prov­ince.

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