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Celebrating connection between Cape Breton and 'The Rock'

Tina Huszar, left, and husband Brian Store stand on the MV Highlanders deck during an Aug. 7 crossing between North Sydney and Port aux Basques, N.L. The couple were travelling to Newfoundland on vacation to visit Huszar’s stepfather and sister.
Tina Huszar, left, and husband Brian Store stand on the MV Highlanders deck during an Aug. 7 crossing between North Sydney and Port aux Basques, N.L. The couple were travelling to Newfoundland on vacation to visit Huszar’s stepfather and sister. - Contributed

Tina Huszar had fond memories of hitchhiking from Corner Brook to Port aux Basques, N.L. in order to board a Marine Atlantic ferry.

Those memories came flashing back when she boarded the ferry for the first time in 45 years for an August afternoon crossing on the MV Highlanders between North Sydney and Port aux Basques.

“We’ve been home (to Corner Brook) about four of five times since I left, but we always flew home,” said Huszar with a smile. “We never took the boat back until this trip – no more driving and hitchhiking for me.”

“I have plenty of memories, but I can’t share them (with the readers).” laughed Huszar.

Because of the lack of job opportunities, Huszar made the decision to leave “The Rock” in 1973 at the age of 15 to pursue employment in Brampton, Ont., where she’s lived ever since.

“It’s nice to take the boat across again,” said Huszar. “Coming back on the boat is certainly nice, and when I was boarding the vessel it did make me think of the last time I was on it and it was a good feeling.”

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