The joys of every adventure continues with the tales that are shared after the event is over. It was a pleasure to share them with our families on our way home. Carl and I were able to do this with an Iceberg beer made at the Quidi Vidi Brewery in St Johns. This light lager is brewed with 25,000 year old water harvested from Newfoundland’s awe-inspiring icebergs.
MV Atlantic Vision was built in 2002 in Kiel, Germany. In 2008 it was refit. It’s a beautiful ship, 667 feet, with a 82’ beam. Now it can take 962 passengers and 531 cars. From Argentina to North Sydney we sailed 281 nautical miles (323 land miles. (North Sydney to Port aux Basque is 113 land miles.) We left Argentia at 5:00 pm and arrived at 10:30 am (there is ½ hour time difference).
Our cabin was most comfortable. We could hardly hear the ship’s engines; all we heard was the ship’s fog horn all night. We felt very little motion (a stack of 9 coins stood up all night).
Jean decided to stay on deck until we got out of Placentia Bay or it got dark. We went back inside much sooner. It was a good night’s sleep—9-10 hours.
Newfoundland has an abundance of picnic tables and they are in beautiful, peaceful settings. Castle Hill Park had a number of sites in cleared out spots in the woods
At 2:00, a high school group, hired by Canada Parks, put on a play that told the story around the battles. It was well done in the setting, and very timely. We were to be at the ferry at 3:00.
We are on our way to the ferry in Argentia. There was nothing but The Barrens coming down the east side of the peninsula, and even less going up the west side. We stopped at the roadside about 10 miles from Argentia and we could see the white outline of our ferry. Placentia is a town with a population and stores. Argentia is a closed down old military base.
We did go to Castle Hill National Historic Site where the French and British had a number of battles for the control of Newfoundland from1692 to1811. Under the French the town was called Plaisance. The French prevailed in the fighting here, but England won the war in Europe and got this area in the Treaty of Utrecht.