Earl Pil­grim set to re­lease his lat­est book

The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane in mem­ory of wife Beatrice Pil­grim


The pro­lific Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm au­thor Earl Pil­grim has a new book ready to hit the shelves.

Vol­ume 1 of The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane is a thrilling tale, doc­u­ment­ing the true story of Doane’s four treach­er­ous journeys across the Strait of Belle Isle, from Point Amour to Flower’s Cove and vice versa, in the winter of 1906 to de­liver mail for Sir Wil­fred Gren­fell.

The nar­ra­tive is pieced to­gether largely from Doane’s diaries. Pil­grim re­con­structed the diaries and other sources into what he calls an ad­ven­ture story.

There­fore, it thrusts the reader right into the mid­dle of the tale. They ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing as it hap­pens, fol­low­ing Doane from the ice, as he un­der­takes these dar­ing journeys across a strait that Pil­grim calls the “most dan­ger­ous strait in the world.”

The book, the 18th work for Pil­grim, should be in stores in early January, though no spe­cific re­lease date is set. Five thou­sand copies will be dis­trib­uted through­out the province. The book will also be avail­able on Ama­zon.

When Pil­grim dis­cusses The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane, it is clear that he is as­tounded by the gump­tion of his sub­ject. What stood out to him most in the process of re­search­ing and writ­ing this story was the idea that “if you have the grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion, as well as the nerve to push what you can do, the sky is the limit.”

When the book is launched, Pil­grim will be sign­ing copies in St. An­thony.

He is now look­ing for­ward to writ­ing Vol­ume 2, which will doc­u­ment the events of Doane’s life from 1912 to around 1920. He has told the North­ern Pen that Vol­ume 3 will pick up from there and doc­u­ments the rest of Doane’s life un­til his death in 1946.

In mem­ory of Beatrice Due to un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances, how­ever, it took Pil­grim a bit longer to com­plete this book.

In 2015, as he was in the mid­dle of writ­ing this book, his wife Beatrice was di­ag­nosed with leukemia. He spent ev­ery night with her at hos­pi­tals in St. An­thony, Cor­ner Brook, and St. John’s. With the care of his wife tak­ing pri­or­ity above all else, Earl put aside writ­ing.

When she passed away in July, 2016, Earl not only lost his wife but his most im­por­tant col­lab­o­ra­tor. He tells the North­ern Pen that she pro­vided re­search, edit­ing, and writ­ing for his projects, in- clud­ing Vol­ume 1 of The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane prior to her di­ag­no­sis. She loved and en­gaged with his­tory just as much as he did.

This was the first book he had to com­plete with­out Beatrice’s in­put and this time around, he got some help from his son Cae­sar, who was off work from Fort McMur­ray after the wild­fire in May.

Earl cred­its Cae­sar, along with Glenda Spurrell of TC Me­dia, with get­ting the book pre­pared for the print­ing process.

Vol­ume 1 of The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane is ded­i­cated to Beatrice Pil­grim’s mem­ory.


Earle Pil­grim, of Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm, has a new book soon to be re­leased: The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane.


The Ad­ven­tures of Ernest Doane was writ­ten in mem­ory of Earl Pil­grim’s wife, Beatrice Pil­grim.

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