Reader defend’s S.S. Kyle’s future
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.