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Prospectors: out of the canoe, into the bush plane

The Story

"Like tying wings onto a canoe" is how Lloyd Rochester, a pioneer flying prospector likens the advantage bush planes afforded the prospectors seeking new finds in unexplored territory. In 1978, CBC Radio's Between Ourselves examines the reciprocal relationship between the two ventures, as mining entrepreneurs and bush pilots worked towards expanding within their fields.

Medium: Radio
Program: Between Ourselves
Broadcast Date: July 22, 1978
Guest(s): Lee Bladen, Dave Bollock, Paul Davoud, Johnny Fauquier, Ken Molson, Lloyd Rochester, Tim Simms, Doreen Troop, Walter (Babe) Woollett
Host: Bill Kehoe
Narrator: Patrick Esmond
Duration: 41:59

Did You know?

• Dominion Skyways, mentioned in this clip, was founded by the Molson and Eaton families under the guidance of Hartland de Montarville Molson, who was president of the company until it was bought in 1938 by Canadian Airways.

• Prospectors Airlines was started up in 1927 by Bobby Cockeram and Lloyd Rochester. Cockeram was keen to use bush planes for mineral exploration after he and Rochester flew from Sioux Lookout to Red Lake in September of 1926 in one hour, as opposed to the six days it had previously taken him to get there by canoe.





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