Touring Newfoundland

GangesnfldA person comes across some unusual things when touring the back roads of Newfoundland. Today Linda and I headed toward Triton, it was a rotten day, rained the whole time and was cold. Naturally we were both dress in clothes more suitable to 20-25 degrees, dry and sunny. Nevertheless, we endured the weather, made the best of the conditions and did indeed enjoy ourselves. In the tiny community of Pilleys Island we visited their only museum. A very worthwhile visit it turned out to be, lots of interesting artifacts and historic information. As I’m a protestant from Northern Ireland, I could hardly not notice a large display of regalia from a long gone Orange Lodge. The display was filled with familiar sashes, banners and pictures of King Billy, Union Jacks etc. However, the thing that really got my attention was photo of a young Royal Navy sailor, a Ganges Boy. Of course at the time when he joined Newfoundland was still a part of Britain. It seems we Ganges Boys come from all four corners of the Earth. Part of the museum was a very old United Church, it no longer operated as a place of worship although weddings and other functions took place on a limited basis. The interesting thing about this church was its roof. Build in the style of a ship or boat but upside down. When looking up at the roof it is like looking into the bottom of a boat. A keel running down the centre and the roof curving toward the walls. When I thought about it, it would have been really quite natural, after all the local carpenters would all have primarily built boats. All in all a great if somewhat cold day, we finished off with a wonderful Chinese meal. I know I know we should have had something more traditional such as Seal flippers Cod Tongues, but who wants to be traditional all the time.

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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