SS Kyle

gdynia
29th November 2005, 00:39
The SS Kyle was built by Shawn Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England in 1913. Constructed as part of the Reid Newfoundland Co's Alphabet Fleet, the ship provided Labrador with its first regularly scheduled service. Shortly after commissioning, the SS Kyle was assigned to the North Sydney/Prot-aux-Basques ferry service. The vessel was pruchased by the Earl Brothers Fisheries of Carbonear in 1960 and used in the seal trade until 1967 when an iceberg accident caused her to be moored in the Harbour Grace harbour. During a storm the SS Kyle broke its moorings and drifted to Riverhead where it has been standing ever since. The Provincial Government pruchased the ship for $ 4, 000 in 1972.
In December of 1996, almost 30 years after the SS Kyle found her resting place in Riverhead, Harbour Grace, the years of lobbying the federal and provincial governments paid off. At this time, the town of Harbour Grace, sercured a partnership with these governments for an initial step in the restoration of the vessel. The SS Kyle's exterior is now painted its original colors- the hull is painted black and white while the smokestack is canary yellow. As of April 1997 this dream has become a reality and the SS Kyle can now be seen in much of its original splendor

DAVIDJM
29th November 2005, 21:32
Hello Gdynia

That looks an interesting ship.
Can you tell me, is she afloat now and in a permanent mooring or are they planning to get the engines working and steam her around the coast or at least the parts near her home port

gdynia
29th November 2005, 21:41
David my learned Canadian friend next to me says she been like this since the 70,S and is a big tourist attraction. Apparently the hillside behind is also famous as Emile Ekhard the lady pilot landed on a airstrip there

Bruce Carson
29th November 2005, 22:10
She has been aground for almost forty years and, as far as I know, nothing has been done to preserve or delay the ravages of time and weather on the interior. The Province, in 1998, found some money to give her a coat of exterior paint, but that, I think, is as far as it went.
http://rencontreeast.com/coastal.html

On a more cheerful note, there was a poem written about the ship:
http://www.pigeoninlet.com/kyle.htm

gdynia
29th November 2005, 22:18
She has been aground for almost forty years and, as far as I know, nothing has been done to preserve or delay the ravages of time and weather on the interior. The Province, in 1998, found some money to give her a coat of exterior paint, but that, I think, is as far as it went.
http://rencontreeast.com/coastal.html

On a more cheerful note, there was a poem written about the ship:
http://www.pigeoninlet.com/kyle.htm

Thats correct Bruce they only obtained enough money for a exterior job but are still lobbying for more funds. Shes done well to stay like this for 40 years shows them Geordie Lads built a good strong ship.

Bruce Carson
29th November 2005, 22:45
I assume the 'Kyle' was locally registered and with all the recent kerfuffle over the Red Ensign, I would like to see a picture of the flag that the 'Kyle' flew until the Confederation with Canada, but so far I can't find it on the web.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Bruce C.

Found it. My own question answered:

http://atlasgeo.span.ch/fotw/flags/ca-nf.html#Blue

gdynia
29th November 2005, 23:02
I assume the 'Kyle' was locally registered and with all the recent kerfuffle over the Red Ensign, I would like to see a picture of the flag that the 'Kyle' flew until the Confederation with Canada, but so far I can't find it on the web.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Bruce C.

Found it. My own question answered:

http://atlasgeo.span.ch/fotw/flags/ca-nf.html#Blue
Bruce

Another website you can try is www.easywaters.com/kyle/htm