Voyage of the Vikings

July - August, 2013

St. Anthony, Newfoundland

August 13 - Weather: Sunny, light wind, hi temp in upper 60s

The cruise is winding down and so are we.  It was nice to see blue skies after the rainy, cool days, but the town of St.  Anthony is spread out all along the bay and the tender dock is in a mostly commercial area, so we didn't see much on our walk.  The population is about 2,500, and the town has a large impressive-looking hospital.  Dr. Wilfred Thomason Grenfell came from England around the turn of the century and became responsible for the health care of 30,000 residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He lived a life of service and is the town's hero.  Tourism has replaced fishing here as the top industry and there are whale-watching boats and other adventures available.  We walked around for about an hour and a half and bought a small jar of bakeapple jam to try at home.  The lady in front of us in line bought a whole shopping bag of souvenirs and she asked the clerk how the bookmark worked.  It wasn't the only strange question we heard today.  After the sail away around 2:30, a whale was sighted but we missed it.  Barbara went to the Indonesian Crew Show this afternoon--it doesn't change much from cruise to cruise but is very entertaining.

St. Anthony lighthouse from ship

Dr. Wilfred Thomason Grenfell - most influential resident

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