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Beneath the Waves

Newfoundland Sea Stories

by (author) Clarence Vautier

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2006
Post-Confederation (1867-)
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The waters off the east coast of Canada have seen their share of accidents and disasters during the twentieth century. In Newfoundland alone, countless lives have been swallowed up by the angry seas of the North Atlantic or have fallen victim to the devastating effects of fire, explosions, collisions, and ill fortune.?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




In Beneath the Waves, Clarence Vautier navigates the twentieth century, demonstrating the evolution of the fishery throughout these years and detailing the human will to survive through trials of skill, courage, and most of all, luck.




Stories found within include . . .




The Loss of Three Rose Blanche Fishermen


Dorymen from the Freda M.


Collision in Port aux Basques Harbour


West Point Tragedy


The Storm of 1964


Collision in Halifax Harbour


La Poile Tragedy


Collision off Cape Race


Tragedy at Grand Bruit


Fire On Board the Wanda R. Deborah


Medals of Bravery


The Wreck of the Eastcliffe Hall




. . . and many more tales of hardship on the frigid North Atlantic.

About the author

Clarence Vautier, Jr. was born in 1972 in La Poile, Newfoundland and Labrador. He moved away to attend high school, and after high school he fished with his father Clarence, Sr. and his brother Raymond for a short time. Upon completion of school at the Nautical Institute of Nova Scotia in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Clarence Vautier obtained employment with Biorex Atlantic Inc., where he took many voyages on many fishing vessels on the east coast of Canada.In 1994 he enrolled at the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Technology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, where he studied navigation. He later went to work as a deck officer on the Great Lakes, first for P & H Shipping, then for Algoma Central Marine, where he remains today.Clarence Vautier currently resides in St. John’s with his wife, Marina, and his son, Brandon Daniel.

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