Boat on the Rocks at Battle Harbour, Labrador
$23.00 – $34.00
Battle Harbour – once the unofficial capital of Labrador – stands on a small rocky island jutting out into the North Atlantic Ocean on Canada’s east coast. The collection of old houses, worksheds and stages is now a museum celebrating the old cod-fishery which dominated the life of Newfoundland and Labrador for 400 years, until large scale factory trawlers were allowed to take so many fish that stocks collapsed. An entire way of life for thousands of people was destroyed on July 2, 1992, when the government finally closed the fishery. The summer fishery was hard and sometimes dangerous work, but gave people a rightful pride in their skills, courage and warm humanity for which Labrador and Newfoundland communities are still famous.
Men and boys would go out in boats such as these and jig for cod with hand lines, while their wives and daughters cleaned, dried and salted the fish back in the outports such as Battle Harbour. The museum at Battle Harbour is open air – open to the thick fogs and hard, cold winds that are the feature of this coastline.
I took this photograph while sailing in Labrador in my steel sailboat. I’m a full-time sailor, author, illustrator and marine mechanic. I’m currently creating the drawings for my Marine Diesel Basics project – a series of visual guides to all aspects of marine diesel systems. We remember faces much more easily than names, so it makes sense to learn and to remember using as much visual information as possible. Thanks for supporting the Marine Diesel Basics project.
• Alder, semi-hardwood frame
• White .75” thick frame
• Acrylite front protector
• Hanging hardware included
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