Photostory #408: In Newfoundland: Canada's Modern College of the Sea: Where the Young Fishermen Gather
National Film Board of Canada
January 18, 1966
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Businessmen who go down to the sea in ships to capture the rich rewards waiting there are applauding Newfoundland's latest hall of learning - The College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics. Launched as a joint venture by the provincial and federal governments, the new education centre in St. John's has facilities for instructing 400 students in such things as the exactness of celestial navigation, the mechanics of a ship's engineroom, the quiet competency of good seamanship, the art of appetizing cookery, the pulsating wonders of electronic technology, and many other aspects of modern nautical science. Set in North America's oldest city and facing the endless, heaving swells of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the college has the young sons of a hardy seafaring people for its students. Seasoned by a salt-water culture going back for generation after lusty generation, the deep affinity for the sea of these young men, combined with knowledge of modern techniques and science acquired at the college, will pay off in future when they go confidently about their business of harvesting the ocean's wealth. Other graduates from the college, likely to man future vessels of the Canadian Coast Guard and deep-sea ships of the merchant marine, will find their professional skills taking them around the world from the vast arctic icefields to the shimmering shores of tropic lands. Graduates from Newfoundland's new college will play an important part in the province's future and its bustling maritime industries.