Notes and observations from a photographer and cultural interpreter living on Canada's east coast.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A long-postponed business trip on a March afternoon had an unexpected benefit: an opportunity to explore the southern reaches of Conception Bay on my way back. I've been wanting to visit the community of Conception Harbour for what seems like ages, but the opportunity didn't present itself until Wednesday. There are two scenes in this little community that have captured my attention; the first is a pair of tidy white houses and a row of red outbuildings associated with them, sometimes glimpsed from the main road across a small cove. They can also be seen, among other places, in the delightful blog posts of Vicky Taylor-Hood. The other is
a derelict steel-hulled ship run aground on a rocky point. The original plan had been to scuttle this vessel, the SS Sposa, along with four other disused whaling ships in the mid-1960s. While the others were sunk in deep water, the Sposa broke free during a storm and ran aground where she now lies. Whaling no longer takes place here, of course, but there are reminders of those days here and there along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.