Archives for September 11, 2020
The human body is a marvel of complexity, organization and fine tuning. It is astounding that every part works in harmony with, and support of, all the other parts. A creation that ingenious and precious needs to be guarded against negative influences or dangers. That is why we have skin. In fact, the skin does that and much, much more.
What does it do and how does it do that?
- The 20 square feet of skin covers everything with the exception of openings for speech, breathing, eating, hearing, seeing, and elimination. It serves as a barrier between the body and the environment by preventing infections. It is estimated that we could have 50 million tiny bacteria, pathogens, or microbes per square inch on our skin, all fitting into one pea.
- One postage stamp sized part of the skin may contain 6 million cells, 100 sweat glands, 15 sebaceous glands, 5000 sensory corpuscles, 25 pressure points, 12 cold sensors 2 heat sensors.
- The epidermis is the thin outer layer of the skin that is washable and renewable. We continuously shed dead skin from the epidermis. It surely is a good thing that it is washable and water-resistant. It also uses sunlight to make vitamin D and provides us with skin tone.
- The second, somewhat thicker layer, is the dermis. This provides us with the sense of touch while housing hair follicles and up to 200 million sweat glands to maintain body temperature.
- The subcutaneous layer houses the roots of our hair, circulation of the bloodstream, nerve connections, glands and other sensory receptors.
- Our skin is flexible and elastic, otherwise it couldn’t function at all.
- It is able to heal and repair itself.
- Some of the glands secrete sebum to provide lubricants for the skin.
- Places subject to the most wear, like the sole of the foot or the palm of the hand, have thicker layers than other places. Eyelids and armpits have the thinnest layer. Places that get used more develop callouses.
How did all this get into place with just the right abilities needed? All this, plus mountains of instructions for building the whole body, was programmed into the DNA of the egg cell in the mother’s womb upon conception. That blueprint, in a cell the size of the period at the end of this sentence, is estimated to fill a 500 volume encyclopedia if the instructions were written out in detail. That requires creative genius beyond our comprehension. There is a Creator who gave us all these benefits and much more. We are accountable for how we respond.
Our skin can teach us a lot. (Sources: “The Wonder of Man” by Werner Gitt, Wikipedia and various websites.)
This all steel, rectangular, barge-like vessel was christened “Ookpik” by then 1964 Peach Queen-Elect, Fyfe Rutherford, on June 14th, 1964.
Ookpik was then shoved into the lake by three bulldozers. Owners Hans Rodewoldt and Stephen Pilott (D.B.A. Okanagan Cruisers Ltd.) were extremely proud of their new 250 passenger capacity vessel painted a bright red, white and blue. It was powered by twin ford diesel engines with a total of 250 horsepower and capable of 11 knots top speed.
Ookpik had a dance floor and stage on the main deck and a 1000 square foot observation deck above, featuring live entertainment; at least that was the plan. An ad in the Penticton Herald of June 30, 1964 (page 15) stated Ookpik was to make daily four-hour cruises at eight knots, but never made its maiden voyage in 1964. Laid up for the winter, she was beached in a storm just before Christmas. Vandals then re-christened it “Toothpik.”
Ownership had passed to Norm Edwardson of N.E. Construction. He was ordered by city council to have it moved off the beach by March 20, 1965 and beat the deadline by one day. Now moored just north of the Sicamous, on June 24th, 1965, the newly christened Okanagan Pilot swung in her mooring and came to within inches of striking the Sicamous.
Okanagan Pilot operated in service during the summers of 1965 through 1967. Ads for the vessel touted “dining, dancing with two cruises departing daily at 3:30pm and 8:30 pm, departing from the foot of Martin Street.” During the approach to the Martin Street dock on Sunday morning, Aug. 1967 at 12:25am, fire started in the wiring system in the engine room, but was quickly extinguished by Engineer H.C. Roadwolbt, and the 150 passengers disembarked safely.
In Feb. 1968 the Okanagan Pilot was seized under a writ ordered by the Workman’s Compensation Board but was ‘bailed out’ by one of the owners.
The 1968 season saw the Okanagan Pilot operated as a nightclub called “Popeye’s Place” moored near the government wharf at North Beach Marina. The operating license was granted by city council under very strict rules (note: daily) due to residents’ previous complaints of noise.(6) “Popeye’s Place” did become the Okanagan’s first nightclub and the world’s only floating “A Go-Go,” open Monday to Saturday, from 9pm.
But city council was not happy without a cruise attraction to offer. The MV Fintry arrived in Penticton Monday, Sept. 29th, 1969, to operate six cruises sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce as a replacement attraction for the 6,800 person strong, Church of God Convention being held in Queen’s Park.(8) The MV Fintry was then operated throughout the 1970 to 1973 seasons.
The Okanagan Pilot broke from her moorings on April 11th, 1970 and floated around in the lake for sometime before being boarded and anchors dropped. Later she was towed in and moored at the city wharf, but city council wanted her removed.
As late as January 1973, a pair of Lethbridge, Alberta business men tried to get city council’s approval to restart the Okanagan Pilot as a dining and dance facility for the 1973 season. If approval was obtained, they would purchase the vessel from its owners in Prince George, B.C.
The last reference to Ookpik comes from the Herald Aug. 1, 1975. The City, claiming she was an eyesore and a danger to the public, made many attempts to get the owner, Kerr Holdings of Quesnel to remove it.
When all else failed, the city secured an order and had it towed to Greata Ranch. She sat there for several years until towed to Kelowna and dismantled for shipping to Mica Dam for timber reclamation.
Whether she actually reached that destination is a mystery. Rumor has it that she is still in service as a freight barge on the McKenzie River.
Pictures: Okanagan Archives Trust Society
Writer: Brian Wilson
from the Historical Magazine – Archivos