Friday, October 14, 2016

The Prince Charles Canoe Club

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In September of 2009, my wife's niece traveled from Nanaimo, British Columbia  to new Ipswich, New Hampshire to visit us. It was an epic coast to coast journey for them. I wanted to make sure that they visited the Atlantic Ocean so they could say that they traveled coast to coast, so after a New England lunch of lobster we headed over to Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH.

Paul took a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, something I would never do and the girls did some exploring. During the visit I asked about a vest that Paul was wearing that bore the title "Prince Charles Canoe Club". It was an interesting story about the queen and a young Prince Charles visiting Canada. Recently I found a video by Bill Seward describing the club.

Bill Seward: Origin Of Prince Charles Canoe Club from Donna Gerdts on Vimeo.

At the end of the visit Paul gave me the vest as a parting gift. This is a detail of the embroidery.

Paul gave me his vest as a gift after he told me the story

Margie Robinson and family visiting New Hampshire in 2009
Paul Wyse-Seward at Odiorne State Park in New Hampshire. Paul took a dip in the cold Atlantic to complete his  ocean to ocean journey. 

Recently Paul and Angie became Grandparents when their daughter Brianna gave birth to a son. This photo was taken at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo, BC by photographer Janayh Wright)