One, Two , Three to the shoulders?
Who remembers when the canoes were transported not only on the canoe trailer, but on the bus as well?
Send us your story – were you there?
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015 at 3:14 am
I think that on this occassion a trailer broke plouging a furrow in the road. The canoes were then doubled onto the bus . We were on the way to the Methey Portage. I may have taken this photo. About 1978.
May 29, 2015 at 9:58 pm
Is this Bob Wells, ex staff member at Alberta, (In)famous for doing scrambled eggs in the deep fryer and other culinary masterpieces?
May 30, 2015 at 12:47 am
I cant recall doing fried egg in the deep frier but my poached eggs were very popular.I’m now a much reformed character living in northern Ireland and an active Christian in the local church. When i returned to scotland I bought my own canadian canoe and had lots of adventures. I even biult a stitch and tape plywood one. I often wonder what became of some of the kids that I taught especially with regards to their beliefs.
yours in Christ
May 25, 2015 at 11:49 am
I remember the bus racks well! I was up till 3:00 AM after Open House 1976, to complete the construction of said equipment. They were needed to transport canoes for the Fond du Lac trip that same morning. I had spent every work period and work day for two months previously to follow the plan for the rack construction that was supervised by Peter Cain. Happy to see that the racks worked and to my knowledge no incidents occurred with them.
After a few dents in the hood of the bus, Dave Neelands fiber-glassed it, to make it more resilient.
Good times were had by all!
May 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm
From the background of the pic it is either the start or the end of the trip. Certainly not at the school. The white shirts look too white.
Beginning of trip.
Looks like there are 5 canoes on the trailer and 3 on the roof. 8 canoes would be a monster brigade, but the logistics some years were weird, and two trips starting from the same or close spots weren’t unheard of.
SJSA did trips in many parts of the north, but frankly we own Northern Saskatchewan. Not surprising if we had two trips starting around La Ronge.
May 29, 2015 at 10:11 pm
My first couple of trips went out this way. The Fond du Lac (may that name live forever in primary french texts) we started out with, I think 2 on the roof and 4 on the trailer. Might have been 1 and 5. Don’t remember that level of detail.
There was a period that a bus, if not a school bus, had to be painted some colour other than yellow. Thanks to Endura Paint, we had one that as a dark, some would say ‘sullen’ red. It was known as the Red Rocket. The ‘Red’ was literal. The ‘Rocket’, was facetious. Even on casual trots down to Calgary for a honey sale, (with the aisle filled with boxes of honey) it had the speed and nimbleness of a Home Depot cart loaded with tile. (Guess how I spent my winter…)
As usual for the era we left after open house, at an hour that is normally reserved for drunks weaving their way home, getting away from the school before the lads who thought themselves unready could run. (It didn’t work. One was gone already.)
Somewhere outside of Vegreville the Rocket became a squip, and rolled to a halt. Engine was dead. The bus was towed to Vegreville, and we were there for the next 30 hours.
PJ eventually put his foot down on buses hauling a trailer of canoes and having a fleet on the roof. After the Red Rocket dropped an engine in Vegreville, he decided that paying for a truck to make the round trip was cheaper than putting in new engines. Buses aren’t designed as freight vehicles.
May 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm
Got this story second hand:
Dave Neelands was driving. Zipping along highway 16 at full bus speed ahead. Going down one of the rolling hills, the bus was passed by a trailer full of red canoes.
“Look, some sucker just lost his trailer!”
It was Dave’s trailer.
Fortunately no one was hurt.
THIS time the chains were on AND the pin was put in the lock lever.
May 29, 2015 at 10:17 pm
In Selkirk, we were driving canoes to somewhere for some event. Wasn’t the Ste. Adophe, some other event. Somewhere south of Lockport a canoe came untied from the roof and took flying lessons.
Landed in the ditch.
Was one of the new canoes, built by Gimli Boat Works, with woodwork added by Yours Truly. It was scuffed.
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