DIGGING INTO THE PAST-
This Letter of Commendation was presented to James Cantwell, harbour pilot of St. John's for his skills in steering the frigate, the Ryn, carrying Prince Henry of the Netherlands through treacherous fog into St. John's Harbour on August 9, 1845. Over the years, this document has been signed by many more royal visitors to St. John's, including:
The real life story of James Cantwell has been included in Rock Solid as a fictional story that includes the Penney family. James Cantwell in real life was the author's great great grandfather. Of interest one relative in the family created a huge family tree with incredible detail from not only James Cantwell but going back more, he suggests in this document that the family tree leads back to a young girl, the daughter of a duke and duchess, who eloped with her lover and they were shipwrecked off the coast of Newfoundland! Very colourful addition but no proof of that — to date.