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 raining 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 🙂 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.