TOURIST ATTRACTION TO GET FACELIFT
The S.S. Kyle is getting a facelift at a cost of $136,000.
The announcement was made Monday by Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Fred Mifflin. Work on the 84-year-old-vessel, aground and abandoned on a
sand bar in Harbour Grace since 1967, is due to start later this month
and will include sandblasting and painting.
In addition to providing skills enhancement training to 10 workers,
the restoration will augment the tourism potential of the area.
Money for the project is being provided by Job Creation Partnerships,
a partnership program of Human Resources Development Canada, the
provincial Department of Tourism and the Town of Harbour Grace.
“The S.S. Kyle is an important tourist landmark for the Harbour Grace
area,” said local MHA Art Reid. “I’m pleased we could contribute to its
Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs said the restoration of the Kyle is
par of the long-term development plan for the area.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with both the federal
and provincial governments to create work opportunities and enhance the
tourism potential of the area.”
The S.S. Kyle was built in 1913 and for more than 50 years carried
fishermen and other passengers to Labrador. She also acted as a
freighter and even a floating hospital, carrying a doctor to the
residents of isolated communities.
The Evening Telegram
January 21, 1997