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The Packet Throwback Thursday for Nov 14

The remains of the Laura K lie where the vessel went aground near Bonavista last week. Horace Newell and his three-man crew managed to make it to the lifeboats as the vessel began to take on water after striking a rock. FILE/THE PACKET
The remains of the Laura K lie where the vessel went aground near Bonavista last week. Horace Newell and his three-man crew managed to make it to the lifeboats as the vessel began to take on water after striking a rock. FILE/THE PACKET - FILE PHOTO

A look back at local history through The Packet archives

30 years ago
From the Nov 14, 1989 edition
When skipper Horace Newell and his crew boarded their long liner in Catalina on Monday afternoon to set sail for the marine service centre in Bonavista, they had no inkling of the events that were to follow.
The Laura K left Carolina Harbour at approximately 3:30 PM Monday, November 6, in route to Bonavista. At approximately 7 PM, as the vessel rounded Moses Point and began to steam towards the entrance of Bonivasta Harbour, she struck a rock and began to take on water.
According to Newell, the Fairway Buoy light was not on and this caused him to steer his long liner further port then was required. 
After realizing what had happened the four-man crew took to the lifeboat. Once clear of the ill-fated vessel they sent up an emergency flare. Apparently, some people on shore had already noticed what was transpiring and they notified the RCMP.
Moments later Ivan Russell and his crew boarded his long liner the K.C.R. Lyn and set out to help rescue the men. The rescue was accomplished quickly and safely.
In a telephone conversation with The Packet Newell, who was obviously very shaken by the ordeal, said he was thankful that he and his crew were all able to walk away without serious injury. 
Newell said, “My crew and I will be forever grateful for the help given by Ivan Russell and his crew and also the people of the area who helped in anyway at all.”
The Laura K is still resting on the rocks near the shore where she went aground. The vessel was a total loss. Insurance was carried. 

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