Monday, June 19, 2006
Last of the Whale Catchers - Sposa
The "Sposa " was a whaling ship of the Newfoundland Whaling Company. In 1940, the company's whale catchers, as these ships were called, were requisitioned for coastal defense duties off Great Britain dealing a severe blow to an already troubled industry. Whaling ceased for 3 years and, in 1943, activities began anew when the company relocated the Sposa and several other whale catchers from South Georgia in the South Atlantic. However, the introduction of modern whaling ships and a decrease in local whale stocks necessitated tying up the old ships at Conception Harbour. Today, the wreck of the Sposa remains visible on the beach. Close by, in deeper water, lie the rusting bones of the Soika, scuttled offshore in 1968.
“If that old boat still at the beach (the Sposa) could talk, the tales she would tell. She whaled out of Hawke Harbour in 1935. That’s history right there on the shore.” - Eric Pretty (Sr.) Iron Worker from Trinity Bay