Another Walk Along the South Side

After a low of -12 C a couple of nights ago the temperatures have rebounded for a while. Today at lunchtime, the rain held off for a while so a walk was in order. The temperature had climbed to +12 by the time I went out. That along with the breeze had dried off much of the rain.


This time I walked in the opposite direction, toward the head of the harbour. The Southside is ringed by very steep hills, made from mostly sandstone and siltstone. Close to the water, much of it has been blasted back over the years to create a narrow road and dock facilities.


It’s been rainingΒ the past few days. the water from the Southside hills drains here and there. Semi-natural waterfalls abound.


The bitterly cold, snowy weekend didn’t knock down the dogberries (mountain ash, rowan, you may know them by another name).


Last week this waterfall was particularly beautiful as everything around it was encrusted with ice. For now, at least, the snow has receded. The water here collects in a pool and goes under the road through a large culvert.


It reemerges on the other side and continues on the rest of the short trip to the harbour.


The Coast Guard base is here. If you find yourself in trouble on the water this is one vessel you’l be glad to see. The 25-year-old Ann Harvey mainly tends to navigation markers but is fully equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR). It can also perform light icebreaking.


If you’re illegally fishing in Canadian waters you may not want to see this one. The 29-year-old (but totally refitted 17 years ago) Leonard J. Cowley is built for rough conditions and spends much of its time on fisheries patrol. It’s armed. It can do more than chase fish pirates, of course.


Here’s one more you’ll likely be glad to see. Though equipped to do SAR, the 25-year-old Henry Larsen’s main role is as Icebreaker. It can keep the St. Lawrence seaway open, provide ice breaking escort for ships in and around Newfoundland Labrador’s icy winter waters and even do ice escort and rescue duty for ships in the high arctic. Any one of its three powerful engines can provide plenty of thrust for the open ocean but, in thick ice, with all three engines straining (each one giving 7300 hp) the biggest problem faced by the engineers is what do with all that heat. …in the arctic πŸ™‚ Weird, huh?


Everything has been hewn out of the rock. The sandstone has been quarried and was used to build, among other things, the Anglican cathedral. Bridges, homes and retaining walls too. A bit of dynamite and an excavator helped make some space for a few Coast Guard secondary craft. Note the shrink wrap around the ones at the left.


Like I said, hewn from the rock. This is the waste water treatment facility. Look at the terraces. Now look at the end of the terrace at the left. How much dynamite, I wonder.


Not all of the vessels are in the water. Looks like we’ve got an offshore oil production supply/tender, a ferry, a tug and a fishing vessel up on the dry dock.


Lunch break is almost over. Time to head back.


It’s quite warm for this time of year.


But not for long.


About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.
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15 Responses to Another Walk Along the South Side

  1. Your ocean-side review reminds me very much of my childhood summer residence south of Boston. I miss the ocean and the ships and the cadence of life set by the tides. The dead of winter must be brutal however … remind me again how far inland you are? D

    • Can see the ocean from the top of the hill behind my house. πŸ™‚ Working in a building on the road in the post. Outside now we’re getting 100km/hr gusts. Pole by my house just caught fire. Transformer exploded. Crew up on Pole now in this wind. Feed at top of Pole is 66kV! Short sentences because using cell…

  2. Mary says:

    That’s quite the gale! Take care ! Just wanted top comment that the first photo – looks very much like the beach on Red Island. Forget the name – but you may remember. Enjoyed the photo of the Ann Harvey – glad she is still remembered and celebrated – boats named after her. Keep safe in the storm.

  3. The long hard winter slog has begun already! So sorry. Just a little bit exciting though? D

    • No doubt. Power crew repaired the damage. Guy climbed the pole in the wind and used fibreglass stick gripper to fix the 66kV line. Amazing. Morning again. Sunny and 1. Wind is back down. Another day…

    • Here’s a picture I took of the pole just after it caught fire. The light was too intense for the sensor, though and even illuminating the surrounding area with a flash had little effect. If you look carefully you can see the details. Didn’t want to get too close–that was a good thing as it turned out. Thirty seconds after I took this there was the first explosion and one minute later, the second. That de-energized the line and the fire put itself out.

  4. jennypellett says:

    We’ve had our first real chilly day today – a stiff wind bringing the temperatures right down past the generous computerised display in my car this morning. No snow yet though – but they keep telling us it’s coming. At least the skies were blue for your walk – that’s always a winning combination in my book – clear skies, crisp days, wrapped up warm then buttered toast on a return. Heaven!

  5. seeker says:

    Thank you for taking us for a walk on a balmy day. Brrrr the wind will do me. I can imagine the waterfalls all crystallized when the weather turns into high minus 12. And those boats, I would want to see an ice breaker in action. Only on TV.

  6. Maurice I love your photo’s and wished I had got to this part of the world on my travels OS. Simply stunning, thanks for sharing them. Maybe one day my dreams of travel will happen again.

  7. wisejourney says:

    Hi Maurice
    I think you are the best person to ask.
    If I was to plan a trip to the area where you live what would you recommend in terms of highlights / best time to visit and best short cruises for wildlife or boat trips… I would love to see whales ! and visit the edge of the world over the Atlantic

    Thank you


    • The first thing I would do is say, “Go for it!” My home is different enough from yours to make it truly interesting but not so different that you will feel out-of-sorts.
      Start with my province’s tourism site. It’s nicely constructed and useful:
      Now, as for specific recommendations, here are a few:
      – rent a car for part of it. Things are far dispersed here and taxis and such will be much too expensive. Spend a few days getting used to driving at the right and then go rent. Book one early. They are scarce when tourist season starts.
      – The B and B’s offer the best price/quality match but the hotels rated 4 stars and higher are certainly worth it.
      – Mid to late June is the best time for both Whales and Icebergs. It still might be a bit chilly but it will be worth it. Icebergs and whales do frequent St. John’s so you will not have to go far.
      – Lewisports is still the Iceberg capital. It is a 4.5 hour drive but is worth it. While there, definitely take a side trip out to Fogo. Maybe you’ll even get to meet my cousin Paddy–he’s lots of fun.
      – Gatherall’s and O’Brien’s boat tours are both great. I have used bith and find them just fine. A trip is around $50 CDN and lasts 2.5-3 hours or so.
      – Gatherall’s and O’briens and close to St. John’s on what we call the “Southern Shore”. Makes no sense because it actually faces east. It’s more Irish than Ireland and the accent is much more pronounced. Worth a trip!
      – also there, in Ferryland you’ll find the remnants of Lord Baltimore’s (Calvert) settlement. Worth it.
      – In more or less the opposite direction, about 1 hours drive away you’l find John’s Guy’s colony, the oldest European colony in North America. Worth it.
      And last–make sure you look me up!

      • wisejourney says:

        sos so helpful !

        What is the best airport to fly into from Europe for connection to St john

        Thanks so much

        • Be careful! There are two cities, reasonably close to one another with similar names.
          St. John is a city in New Brunswick, mainland Canada.
          St. John’s is my home, the capital of Newfoundland Labrador. It has its own airport, located no more than about 10 minutes from most of the normal accommodation locales here. There are direct flights from Heathrow via Air Canada. You might also consider hooking through Dublin as Westjet offers great fares from St. John’s to Dublin. That, plus the connecting flight to London may be cheaper.

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