August 14, 2009
CUPIDS, NL Cupids400 Inc. announced today that Dennis Flynn, journalist and photographer from Colliers, Conception Bay, begins his voyage from Cupids, NL on August 14, 2009 to retrace the route of John Guy and 18 men as they sailed from Cupids on October 7, 1612 on a voyage of discovery to initiate friendly relations with the Beothuk and to establish a profitable fur trade. John Guy and his crew used two newly built boats constructed at the Cupers Cove Plantation; a 12 ton bark called the Indeavour and a shallop, to sail around the Bay de Verde Peninsula into Trinity Bay. The men in both boats had amazing adventures which demonstrate the dangers they faced while travelling what today seems like short distances. In the 2009 version of the ‘voyage’, Mr. Flynn will travel the bulk by bicycle (along the coast from Catalina to Renews with Cupids as the start and finish points) and by car (shorter inland sections) and will cover a distance in excess of 1100 kms over a period of 7-8 days. He will specifically visit those communities and landmarks mentioned in John Guy’s journal of the voyage. After the main trip Mr. Flynn will visit other remote sites associated with Cupids by boat, kayak or on foot during the fall to complete the story.
Flynn said, “Cupids sits at a very unique position in our history. It represents what others rightly call a “Crossroads for Cultures” and the Voyage of the Indeavour is part of that larger incredible story. It involves dangerous travel in new lands, meetings with the Beothuk, storms at sea, and the shipwreck of the smaller boat. There’s even the heroic tale of survivors walking, without provisions in the fall of year for 10 days to reach help. I’m extremely pleased to, symbolically at least, follow in the wake of the Indeavour and share a pictorial record of key locations and aspects of the Voyage. What is being celebrated is not just the founding of Cupids, or the travels of a particular ship, but the pattern of continuity of settlement that began here, spread out to Newfoundland and Labrador, then to Canada, and indeed to the rest of North America. It’s a Voyage we continue on to this very day”.
As part of its Cultural Initiatives, Cupids400 Inc is partnering with Mr. Flynn to produce a coffee table book that combines photography with short stories and observations related to his voyage. Quotes from the John Guy journals of the Indeavour Voyage will accompany certain photos. The book will be launched in the spring of 2010 as part of the Cupids400 2010 Celebrations and will available for purchase at the Cupids Legacy Centre gift shop.
Cupids400 Inc is the not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 to plan and execute the 2010 Celebrations and the design and construction of an interpretation centre to mark the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the first English settlement in Canada at Cupers Cove, now Cupids, by John Guy in 1610.
Mr. Dennis Flynn