Congratulations to Henry Vokey on his honorary degree from Memorial University.
I am the proud owner of one of Henry’s creations. He built me a beautiful 16-foot rodney about 15 years ago and I am still happily rowing/sailing and sculling it. Went out and got my five fish in it during the food fishery.
He doesn’t stop! A 57-foot schooner is rapidly taking shape in his shop as I write, and this brings me to my point.
Another nearby province with a similar maritime heritage celebrates the past with the ultimate symbol of that past. The Bluenose is recognized internationally and I think all Nova Scotians take a great deal of pride in this magnificent vessel.
So why don’t we have a similar provincial symbol?
We have the man to oversee the construction (hope you don’t mind me volunteering you, Henry!) and surely the money could be raised through a private endowment fund. Perhaps some of the original merchant families might be interested?
Where is our schooner?