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27th September, 2017

Corner Brook

After a relaxing day at sea for our Guests, it was time to “find” the next port. An early call at 0430 came round sooner than I would have liked but a Captain has his duties, so with my arrival on the bridge at 0500 we were approaching the Humber River. No, we were not lost, this Humber River leads to Corner Brook in Newfoundland and is 25 miles inland from the Gulf of St Lawrence. Just before entering the temperature was 12’c and within 45 mins it had dropped to 5.5’c as we felt the effect of the cooler land mass. We embarked our local pilot 11 miles inside the Humber and then still had another 12M to go to the berth. There was a beautiful period of twilight as we approached our berth, which was captured by our Hotel Director, Ivar.

With us all fast by 0745 the ship was cleared some 30 minutes later and it was just a short stroll into the centre of town. Everyone is so friendly here, they want to help you, they stop their cars to let you cross, and they have seem to have time for you.

Corner Brook is the 3rd largest city on the Island of Newfoundland and has a significant connection to Captain James Cook. In 1767 the area was surveyed by him and there is an historic site at the top of Crow Hill dedicated to him that overlooks the city. By the middle of the 19th century the population of Corner Brook was less than 100 and the few inhabitants were engaged in fishing or lumber work.

There were 4 tours on offer including: Gros Morne National Park, Corner Brook City Highlights, A Cultural Exploration of Cox’s Cove, and Captain Cook’s Trail. Something for everyone you could say. For many that went independently there was a whole host of walking trails including a beautiful lake within easy reach. I headed off around 1500 and just as I did so the first rain shower arrived. This was not going to put me off as it was very light and I was dressed for the “occasion”.

With everyone back on board we set sail shortly afterwards and had to make good speed as during the early hours of the morning we will need to reduce to less than 10 knots for a right whale speed restriction area. This year some 80 whales are understood to be in the Gulf of St Lawrence which is many more than usual. Next stop Havre St Pierre.

Captain Julian Burgess

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