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March 17, 1997

This week's story was written by Barry Vineham. Barry was one of the top in his class when he went back to school. He owes his success to great teachers and good friends.

Barbers' Light

by Barry Vineham

Once in a while in the early morning just before dawn, a strange light can be seen moving quickly in the harbor mouth like the hand of death that will take anyone in its path.

No one knows what the light really is but some say because of the wind and rain that follows, it's probably from a sunken fishing boat that went down one stormy morning.

The boat was owned by the Barbers and it was never found. Some people say the strange light is a spirit of a lady trying to tell people how to find the lost boat that never made it home on that cold, wet, windy spring morning so many years ago. Legend has it that if you follow her light before the sun breaks out over the hill from the east, you would find an anchor moving across the bottom which leads to the boat.

Some people say there are no ghosts or that the dead cannot contact us in any way. But I say why not? If you were in a ship that went down to the bottom in the cold waters of Newfoundland, so close to home but to never see your family again, wouldn't you try to ask for help to let your spirit rest forever with God.

[This story was taken with permission from "From Me...To You" a publication of adult learners' stories, made possible by the Newfoundland & Labrador Rural Development Council.]

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