Reader de­fend’s S.S. Kyle’s fu­ture

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Dick P. Mei­jer writes from Udon Thani, Thai­land

Sav­ing iconic Kyle sense­less? With­out a thor­ough restora­tion and ex­plo­ration plan for the fu­ture, yes, I think it will be sense­less.

How­ever, with the right plan the Kyle will be a unique, price­less tourist at­trac­tion. She will tell young and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, like no other, about the rich history of New­found­land and its seal­ing.

She is no or­di­nary ship. She is the last coal burn­ing, ice strength­ened icon. She is the bull­dog of the north.

With the Kyle crip­pling back from the 1967 seal hunt, seal­ing like it was done for gen­er­a­tions also ended.

I lived in Car­bon­ear and lis­tened to the end­less heroic tales peo­ple kept telling about seal­ing and sail­ing with the Kyle. The Kyle was part of their lives. New­found­land and the Kyle can­not and must not be sep­a­rated.

She could and should be­come a float­ing mu­seum, telling the rich history of New­found­land.

Tell about her seal hunts, her coastal ad­ven­tures to Labrador and along the New­found­land coast, and the story of her last, leg­endary cap­tain, Guy Earle.

Tourist will love the ship, the at­mos­phere, the lo­ca­tion. This is no dead build­ing, but a live mon­u­ment, show­ing how re­al­ity was.

New­found­land, take ac­tion! Keep the bull­dog of the north, the S.S. Kyle, alive.

Do not let a ma­jor part of your rich history sink sense­lessly into the ocean.

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