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Islands in a Cold Sea

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

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After a few hours on a small boat from the port of Fortune, Newfoundland, Canada, we’re coming up on the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a department of France in the New World. Having somehow eluded the political gyrations of the English-French wars in the 1700’s, these rocky,barren islands maintained their ties to France, and St. Pierre is very much like a typical fishing town along the French coast. With the Prohibition era in the USA, the islands were also a major rum-running port along with the prolific cod fishery. Situated where the Atlantic Ocean mixes the waters of the Gulf Stream, Labrador Current and the outflow of the St. Lawrence River, these waters were, for centuries, one of the world’s greatest concentrations of fish. This changed rapidly after the Second World War, when huge commercial fleets from Europe, and even Asia, arrived on the scene and in only a few short years destroyed almost all of the fish stocks. It will take many years, if ever, to even begin to restore those riches.

Taken in 1966
Camera, Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, 50mm Biotar lens, Kodak Ektachrome film. Exposure is guesswork, probably 1/00 @ F11 or a bit higher.

Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000DPI scanner.

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