You could argue that in an emergency we could have called in a helicopter using the short wave radio. We never tried, and it was never offered. So we decided to do as much on Dog Island as possible and hope that the sea ice would drift back out on the strong tide. In any case, one of the items that we’d left on Nain pier was the boat and the outboard engine.
We had enough food for a couple of weeks, although it mostly consisted of Baloney, which is a type of non de-script forced meat. There was nothing else more palatable in the small shop we’d visited during our stay in Goose Bay. We’d hoped for supplies of tastier fayre when our inflatable boat arrived.
Baloney is not nice. Trust me. I dare-say my dog would appreciate it, but I don’t. It’s obvious why the only thing left in the shop was baloney.
There had also been a fishing rod kit in the shop. I bought it, thinking it would be nice to find out what lived around the shores in Arctic Labrador. And a good thing I did as well.
On my first and second cast I caught beautiful Arctic char. On my third, a leviathan took the lure and broke the rod. As I struggled to haul it in by hand, the reel fell off and dropped into several metres of water. End of fish and end of fishing.
The Arctic char from maritime Labrador is the most wonderful fish I’ve ever tasted. A mixture of prawn and salmon. Very tasty, particularly on a diet of baloney.