This is the head of the harbour. We call it “The Bottom.” If you look carefully at the picture below you can see that this is the spot where “Ned’s Brook” meets the sea. I’m not sure if it’s named after Ned Whiffen or, maybe one of the Hynes’. Alex is not sure either. The name pre-dates all of us.
If you look again you’ll see a fire hydrant there too. See the path going in the woods? It’s actually where the municipal water line enters the community. As such it’s a good a place as any to put the first hydrant. Doubt it will be needed today, though.
Just behind me I could hear a couple of young fellows enjoying the outdoors on snowmobiles. If you’re not familiar with them I would describe them thus: a hybrid cross between a sled and a jet fighter. The one you see packs around 120 hp into a package less than 250 kilos.
They’re actually great fun as long as you are dressed for it.
And have a good helmet–it can be a bit of a problem if your skull meets the ice at 140 km/hr.
It didn’t take long for the nearby flock of tame ducks to detect my presence. They’re as tame as puppies…
…and as hungry as malamutes.
Here’s another pic of a sled. It’s actually on a beach separating the Bottom Pond (left) from Whiffen’s garden (right). Just take my word for it ‘k.
Panning right gives a better view of the bottom pond. As a kid I’d join the others here on a daily basis for skating and hockey. There would be times you’d see three games being played. Mostly you’d find at least one.
These days you’d be lucky to find a game at all. Like most outports, Southern Harbour is an ageing community. When I grew up, the average class size in school ran 20-30 per grade level. These days there’s only 3-4 per grade level and they attend school in nearby Arnold’s cove. If you look closely you can see that community in the background.
Here’s a parting shot taken from the entrance to Parsons’ Trucking. That’s Placentia bay. The land in the background is mostly the Burin Peninsula. This is normally a busy place as, off to the right, at the head of the bay, there’s both an oil refinery that produces high-quaity gasoline, mostly for the US, from heavy sour crude (much of it Russian Residual) and a trans-shipment facility that temporarily stores the light sweet crude from the Grand Banks.
Final stops: Best’s Cove and the Point…