Rencontre East, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Isolated and Loving It
History of Rencontre East:
In 1947, the Newfoundland anti-TB league purchased this naval boat from the United States Navy. The "Christmas Seal" was equipped with mobile x-ray equipment to screen residents of outport Newfoundland for tuberculous. It was brought into service because most of the population could not reach the screening centres, so this floating unit came to them. Because of this, the disease decreased dramatically in rural outports.