Day  47 - L'anse Au Clair & Red Bay, Labrador

We all gathered at 6:45 AM this morning for the short walk over to the ferry terminal.

It was only about a 5 minute walk to the ferry. We waited about 10 minutes and were allowed on board before the vehicles were loaded.

Again, the inside of the ferry was much larger than it appeared from the outside.

We went upstairs and gathered at some of the tables or the airline chairs that were much more comfortable. The crew served a tasty breakfast, which many purchased.

We left the dock at St. Barbe as scheduled at 9:00 AM,

and we arrived at Blanc-Sablon terminal in Quebec at around 10:30 AM. This is about 30 minutes longer than normal, but the ferry had to slow down due to high winds.

We boarded a bus and headed for Red Bay, Labrador.

The landscape contained a number of boulders referred to as "irratics". These are boulders that were carried along by receding glaciers and then just left where they fell.

We stopped at the border of Quebec and Labrador to take pictures.

This mound of rocks and dirt does not look like much, but it is the earliest know funeral monument in the world and marks the burial place of an Indian child who died about 7500 years ago.

Our next stop was the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. It was first illuminated in 1858.

This is the original light that was inside a second order Fresnel lens, which now has an electric bulb for illumination. The light was turned by a winding mechanism similar to a watch spring. The other lighthouses we have seen so far use a weight and pulley mechanism.

From there we headed to Red Bay, and found the tall ship Caledonia docked there. It was also docked at Norris Point when we were in Rocky Harbour.

It was now time for lunch. We ate at the Whaler's Restaurant as planned.

It was a very pleasant restaurant with a Gift Shop attached where many helped support the local economy.

This was a poster in the restaurant. Since Cod fishing had been banned over 19 years ago wiping out an entire industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, this poster was very appropriate with the "ED" added.

Until the 1970's, Canada had no idea of the role this community played in helping to meet European demand for the highly sought-after whale oil. At that time it was discovered the Basques had carried out large scale whale fishery in the Strait of Belle Isle during the 16th and early 17th centuries. The Chalupa (above) was a boat used for whale fishing by the Basques. It was discovered under a larger wreck dating back to the late 16th century.

The figure represents a Basque whaler wearing clothes similar to what they wore in the 16th century, standing next to the bones of a Right Whale flipper.

The above pictures were in one building and we then went down to the Interpretive Center where they have many of the actual implements recovered from around Red Bay.

This is a mock-up of the vats where the Basques would render the Whale blubber into oil. An interpretive guide gives us a short talk on the entire process used by the Basques.

A view of Red Bay looking out toward the Straits of Belle Isle.

On the way back, the bus slowed so we could take a picture of the scenic Penware River.

Arriving back at the Northern Lights motel in L'ance Au Clair, we unloaded our bags from the bus and received our room assignments.

The beach was a short walk away and many of us walked down to stroll along the beach. This area is known for its infestation of black flies, but the strong wind blew most of them away so the walk was quite pleasant.

That evening we enjoyed a stop for liquid libations,

and a very delightful meal. Many of us chose the Reindeer meat as the main course. It was very tasty.

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