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Disaster Strikes near Pointe au Baril

Did you Know?

All are familiar with the story of the Titanic but did you know the eighth worst maritime tragedy in history took place a lot closer to home?

The two only survivors actually ended up on the shores of Pointe au Baril.

That night the SS ASIA was carrying a heavy load. They set out for French River, and had on board horses, equipment and a larger than usual number of passengers. Although she was only allowed to carry 49 people, she had about 125 passengers and crew aboard.

It seems as well that she wasn’t loaded properly, so she was top-heavy. To make matters worse she was fitted with flimsy lifeboats, which repeatedly overturned in the stormy waters.

Once the storm struck the Asia had no chance. The ship personnel tried to lighten the vessel by throwing horses and other livestock off, but it didn’t help. The storm was far too strong.

One of the survivors said of his struggle to survive: 
"Between ten and eleven the excitement was terrible. Men and Women, crazed with fear, were rushing around tearing the hair from their heads in handfuls. The wind suddenly chopped from the south west to the northwest, and with a crash the vessel rolled over on her beam ends. The sea was now a mountainous whirlpool and the ship was helpless. The horses in the meantime-there were about ten or then aboard -- had broken loose and at every roll they were thrown from one side of the main deck to the other. At last about 11:30 she pitched up at the head and went down stern first, the cabin breaking off, and the boats, crowded with people, floated as she did so. "About 7:30 in the evening we came in sight of Byng Inlet Light. The wind had gone down, but the sea was still high.”   Read the full account at Maritime History of the Great Lakes by Duncan 

Owen Sound Hub tells Christina shared the events of that day: “We drifted about on the open stormy lake with only one oar to guide us to safety. Our plight seemed hopeless until in the evening we sighted land and someone started to sing, “Pull for the shore, sailor, pull for the shore,” all of us promptly joining in the chorus. During all that dreary night we drifted slowly toward land and although it was only a question of hours before our efforts would be rewarded, one after another of the brave occupants of our boat succumbed to the strain and exposure.”

Christie Morrison and Duncan Tinkis made it to shore near Pointe au Baril.
 
Big Water is a book inspired by the disaster and the survivors written by Andrea Curtis.

It's been said fishermen in the Byng Inlet area find their nets have caught on something underwater. Perhaps the Asia lies hidden beneath this area waiting to be discovered?

Song "Wreck of the Asia"
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Did you Know?

A Real ‘Knack’ at Real Estate
 

Perhaps I’m aging myself but remember the song My Sharona by the Knack?
Some of us remember all too well jiving to that song on the dancefloor thinking we were as amazing as Kevin Bacon in Footloose. Although I’m sure those on the sidelines could probably better describe us as Elaine from Seinfeld and her attempts at dancing.

Sharona Alperin was just in her teens when the band member was so taken by her he was inspired to write the hit song bearing her name. The song hit number 1 and stayed there for six weeks.

Her boyfriend, Doug, The Knack, would have her preview homes for him while he was away.  While searching for his new home Sharona caught the attention of top real estate agents who were impressed with her ability. So much so, she ended up getting her real estate license by the time she was twenty-five.

She is still passionate about her career, selling high-end Real Estate to this day with many of her clients being those in the entertainment industry. If you're looking to relocate to the Los Angeles area visit Sharona's website

This has to be the most unique answer to “how did you get into the business?



 

My Sharona Official Video
Pointe au Baril Real Estate

Working from Home

Your Office Space

During this pandemic more and more people are finding themselves working from home.

If you’re one of them, how is your home office working out for you?

Staying productive takes a little extra effort.

If you find it a challenge to stay focused you may want to consider turning your attention to your office area.


It definitely helps if you have a dedicated space for working from home.

Perhaps it’s time to spruce things up? Your home office should not only be functional but comfortable as well; after all you’re going to be spending a lot of time there.


And the added benefit of this being YOUR office is you have a say in how it’s going to look!

Bringing a bit of your own creativity might just inspire you to be more productive while working from home.


HGTV has an article with fantastic ideas from decluttering your workspace to finding the best lighting.

Personally, I like the ‘change your perspective’, it makes for a nice spot with all that natural light while you’re at the desk.

Create a space where you are able to concentrate, work efficiently, and be creative without distractions.

To avoid repetitive strains it's very important to be sure you’re comfortable.

Galen Gruman Executive Editor for Global Content, Computerworld offers these tips:

 “You know your work surface is at the correct height if, when you sit up straight, your forearms are parallel to the ground and your wrist is not bent up or down when you type or mouse. The top surface of your wrist should essentially be on the same plane as the top of your forearm, with your fingers dangling slightly down to the keyboard. Bending the wrists for prolonged periods is an easy way to cause injury.”

If working from home is an option for you, make the most of it. Create a home office where you can not only showcase your personality but be a productive employee too! 

 

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