National Geographic : 1951 Oct
Far North with "Captain Mac" the New York Times stretching to 9,000 words. Battle Harbour was placed surely on the map that September day of 1909.* Some believe the name Battle Harbour came from an encounter here between Indians and Es kimos, but since the word Batal, Portuguese for "boat," was found on maps 200 years before this happened, "Boat" Har bour seems more likely. Dr. Wilfred Grenfell chose this Boat Harbour, really the fishing center of Labrador, for the site of his first hospital, which was built in 1893 and de stroyed by fire in 1930. There is now a nursing station at Marys Harbour, 11 miles up the sound.t His splendid work is now carried on by the Grenfell Association, the largest hospital being at St. Anthony, Newfound land. During the summer Dr. Tony Paddon cruises north along the Labrador in the Association's medi cal ship, Maraval, attend ing the sick and bringing back severe cases for fur ther treatment at one of the Grenfell hospitals. We made our way out of harbor the next morn- Miriam MacMillan Who Cares if It's Sticky as Long as It's Sweet! Eskimo children seem to like sweets even more than American children do, perhaps because they get them less often. These are pupils at the MacMillan Moravian Mission School in Nain, Labrador. Bowdoin carries suoplies. ing and laid our course including molasses, t due north for Spear Point. But the sky didn't look good ahead. From the way Mac was pacing the deck and hum ming-he always hums a tune when there's trouble brewing-I knew we wouldn't be at sea for long. After eight trips with him, I've learned not to ask questions. I also try to answer ques tions of others before Mac hears them, in case someone in the crew insists on knowing exactly what time we'll arrive at Hopedale or Nain; or why, with the weather looking good, we can't continue. I explain that there is no schedule for travel in the North. We just push ahead whenever possible. If the next run is treacherous and we have far to go before making harbor, we sit by, waiting patiently. This time I knew what was ahead-Domino o the school on each trip north (page 481). Run. Not only is the entrance to this run so narrow that only an expert can hit it in fog, but the approach is literally peppered with ugly-looking ledges and projecting rocks. Many a fishing schooner has ended her life here. Therefore, when Mac finally spoke, he said just what I expected-that we'd head in for Hawke Harbour. But we were a bit late. * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Discovery of the North Pole," by Gilbert Grosvenor, January, 1910; "Peary's Explorations in the Far North," by Gilbert Grosvenor, and "Peary as a Leader," by Donald B. MacMillan, both April, 1920; and "Discovery of the Pole," by Robert E. Peary, October, 1909. t See "Land of Eternal Warring (Labrador)," by Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, August, 1910.