The View From Fogo Island James Patrick Howley visits Fogo, 1886

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

My source for this piece, like the piece already mentioned, is “Reminiscences of Forty-two Years in and about Newfoundland, 1868-1911” by J.P. Howley, and edited by William Kirwin and Patrick O’Flaherty of Memorial University. It makes for interesting reading, and might be suitable reading for politicians and government employees who have an exaggerated sense of their entitlement.

During the summer of 1886, J.P. Howley left St. John’s with a crew of men which included several Mi’kmaq guides in the steamer Plover destined for Dominion Point, near the mouth of the Exploits River. From there he and his crew would spend the next four months under some harrowing conditions, travelling eastward building rafts to cross rivers and ponds, lean-to’s and tents for shelter, and generally speaking, living off the land.

He wrote of one incident where almost his entire crew died of food poisoning, and all may have died had he himself eaten it. He spoke of having been lost, of enduring a five-day thunder storm, and, of another occasion, being so drenched that he had to remove all his clothing to wring the water from it and then to putting it on again. One of his men was obliged to climb a tree to escape a raging stag.

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