Canada https://mikeonline.ca/region_Canada en Petites, Newfoundland https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Petites <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Petites, Newfoundland</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Founded in the 1840's, Petites, Newfoundland, has been home to generations of weather-hardened souls who made their living on the sea.  By 1859, a methodist church was constructed that later became the Bethany United Church.  There were 212 people living here in 1946, and only 146 by 1956.  In October, 2003, the last remaining residents of the community were resettled.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I had the privilege of visiting the remains of this abandoned town with my father, and spent two days exploring and photographing as much as I could.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Overlooking Petites from a high point." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="07befd68-4938-497d-a154-e55b23cb8e77" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0645.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first day, with the sun shining down, I found a rock on a high place and just sat down.  Looking out over it all, I tried to picture life here.  It took little to imagine children walking the paths from the scattered houses to the lone school house near the church.  One could almost hear the generators running in the power plant, or the workings in the mill across the small harbor.  Of course, one could easily imagine the comings and goings of fishing boats harvesting from the sea to earn a living here in the barren landscape.  With a feel for the place, I set out to begin my task.  I did a quick pass of the whole community, but then focused on the south side of the harbor.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I returned for the second day, the fog was holding on, giving everything a magical look.  I went out to the cemetary, and worked my way around to the north side of the harbor, finishing by the afternoon.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="A mist hangs over the general store in Petites, Newfoundland." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aa136ec0-ec45-487e-b95f-f61e9c53e43b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0766.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">While I have been in ghost-towns before, Petites was somehow unique.  Perhaps because relatively little time has passed since the community was emptied, there was a strong sense of the life that was here.  This was a feeling of being able to connect to those who were born, lived and died here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">My sincere thanks to John and Julia Breckenridge, and Austin Bennett.  Without them, the visit would not be possible.  Even more importantly, without their passion for this community, it's uncertain to me what would remain, or if it all would just slowly slip from memory and return to nature as if it had never been.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/petiteschurch/">Petites Church Newfoundland: Restoration - Facebook</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comment</h2> <a id="comment-276"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/276" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/276#comment-276" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Spectacular piece of history</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tina (not verified)</span> on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:42</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-10T22:42:30+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1544534067"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Absolutely loved the photo&#039;s and the back story that goes along with it. I&#039;m in Australia and have always wanted to go to Newfoundland. Such a stunning little bit of history. Thank you</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=276&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="k9Fo1ywBsPr7U-hAFo_4MMxJXRxLRvAMxqiKaNkMC9Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37122&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="UDZ_f4lseFxtRwK7K36L-mlNOHYfMbwaDt3n1Rccs4U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37122 at https://mikeonline.ca MS Norgoma https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_MS_Norgoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MS Norgoma</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_SS_Norisle" hreflang="en">SS Norisle</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Construction of SS Norgoma was completed at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collingwood_Shipbuilding" target="_blank">Collingwood Shipyards</a> in 1950.  She would join a fleet of ships that provided packet and passenger service around what was known at the time as the Turkey Trail.  This trail started at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Sound" target="_blank">Owen Sound</a> and wound its way through communities like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killarney,_Ontario" target="_blank">Killarney</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assiginack" target="_blank">Manitowaning</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Current" target="_blank">Little Current</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings,_Ontario" target="_blank">Kagawong</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Bay,_Ontario" target="_blank">Gore Bay</a>, Meldrum Bay, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph,_Ontario" target="_blank">RIchard's Landing</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessalon" target="_blank">Thessalon</a>, and finally arriving at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario" target="_blank">Sault Ste. Marie</a> in a 5-day voyage.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">She is 175 feet, 6 inches long, has a 36 foot beam, with a 15 foot depth.  She weighed in (at the time of constuction) at 1,434.77 gross tons. and was powered by a triple-expansion steam engine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt=" Date and location unknown, though clearly before her 1964 refit." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7551981-e83e-4d8e-9e64-97e7ebca15f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TBRC002905494d3.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With improvements to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Canada_Highway" target="_blank">Trans-Canada Highway</a> system on Highways 69 and 17, and the construction of a road in to Killarney, demand for shipping along the Turkey Trail dropped off significantly.  On the other hand, demand for ferry service between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermory,_Ontario" target="_blank">Tobermory</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehkummah" target="_blank">South Baymouth</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoulin_Island" target="_blank">Manitoulin Island</a> was increasing.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result, in 1963, the Collingwood Shipyards refitted Norgoma to carry up to 37 cars.  To handle this additional weight, she also had her steam engine replaced by an 800-hp diesel engine.  She left Collingwood in the Spring of 1964 as MS Norgoma to serve alongside her sister, SS Norisle.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the engine room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="47701ba4-aee7-44c1-a9af-a75b378605b8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0523.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, in the fall of 1974, both ships made their last runs before being replaced by the much larger <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun" target="_blank">MV Chi-Cheemaun</a>.  Norgoma was towed to Sault Ste Marie and opened as a museum to Great Lakes shipping.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I arrived on a sunny morning, meeting one of the volunteers who selflessly donates his time to the St. Mary's River Marine Historical Society.  As I began to wander the ship, snapping photos and poking around, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Norgoma and Norisle, her sister in Manitowaning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View of the bridge." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7fbe6f68-360a-450d-bd29-a7f8cab393c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0475.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was hoping that Norgoma would help me to better imagine what Norisle had looked like before she was gutted for a new role she would never obtain.  While there were many things the same, Norgoma flaunted her own unique design and style.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was also struck, in retrospect, by the fact that she was equipped, both as a museum, and in most photos I've seen, with four life-boats.  You'll note from my own photos that those lifeboats had a capacity of 19 people each for a total of 76.  She was originally built with sleeping accomodations for 100...  I assume there were rafts stored elsewhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Current photo as a museum ship." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfe0339f-64da-4c4f-9cc6-a534581e50c9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0366.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was dismayed to hear about her current situation, given the apparent fate currently awaiting Norisle.  At the time of this writing, Norgoma is looking for a new home, having been evicted by Sault Ste. Marie City Council. </p> <p class="text-align-justify">My special thanks for their invitation and hospitality go to the hard-working people at St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre who are trying so hard to save this piece of Northern Ontario history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://norgoma.org/">Norgoma Museum Web Site</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v1a7VmvX1yw?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5u8Zq-5G_44?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37126&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="g8s57mZiQJWMSowmHT27qTI20nSramOUT-fgR-GDjsE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37126 at https://mikeonline.ca The Shoals Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Shoals_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Shoals Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial" hreflang="en">Greenwater Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There was a skiff of snow on the ground as we rolled along Highway 101 and pulled up to the closed gates.  As we began walking along the road into the park, I thought back to my earlier visit to Greenwater Provincial Park and wondered if it would be as well preserved.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In little time we were greeted by a ruffled grouse, another similiarity to the aforementioned park.  I was suprised, however, to flush about 5 more before we left.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a beautiful place, and the sites were impressive, but the lack of electrical sites, I'm sure, played a role in its closure.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 10,644 ha park was established in 1970 with 44 unserviced sites, but the Government of Ontario closed the park in 2012, along with several others, citing poor attendance.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37130&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="11Ad7dEd41b4OV7_5p9mH15mXJSxVQCmzp5-imRUGA0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37130 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Shoals_Provincial#comments Greenwater Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greenwater Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Shoals_Provincial" hreflang="en">The Shoals Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As one who frequents Provincial Parks for camping, when I heard that there were a few that had been closed, permanently, I knew I would have to take the opportunity to have a look at how nature reclaims these spaces.  I spend a lot of time in Gogama, and that seemed the perfect jumping-off point for a trip to the former Greenwater Provincial Park.  As it turns out, once wouldn't be enough.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was surprised by how well everything appeared to be weathering the time and neglect.  The grouse had been taking advantage of the relative safety and seemed to be quite abundant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 8,500 ha park was established in 1957, and had been expanded as lately as 2007.  The Government of Ontario announced closure of this, and other parks, in 2012, citing poor attendance numbers.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37118&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="MjXgm0XROp1v-cdUjBrMJ7E_GCWvo430hZwnt_2wBU4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37118 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial#comments Unknown Blockhouse https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Unknown Blockhouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There is conflicting information as to the purpose of this building.  Some information seems to indicate that this site was a World War II-era radar site.  Perhaps a transmitter site, associated with the large antenna atop the nearby mountain-top.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Other information suggests that this building was part of the communications system assembled by railway that would bring Newfoundland into Canada, and part of the viewership of the CBC.  Its proximity to the former railroad does seem to support that.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There will be further updates as I find out more.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=9144&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="E7a2mY4mgalbcEBNqjEpJMKXR4RCf7-ceqQFqqW2nx8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 9144 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Unknown_Blockhouse#comments Stephenville AFS https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Stephenville_AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stephenville AFS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Belonging to the United States Air Force, construction of this radar station began in 1951 and was completed two years later.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1971, control of the station was handed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and it was promptly closed.  Despite being part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, and having radar designed for use with the <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> system, the station was never made part of the SAGE network.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the time of its closing, it was equipped with an <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-93A</a>, <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6B</a> and an AN/FPS-90, a higher powered version of the AN/FPS-6.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=914&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Zg7Jij4bwtdXN0GklfOosHrZELfC4rp2YnPqlbB5KJQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 914 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Stephenville_AFS#comments Harmon AFB Hanger https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Hanger</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker" hreflang="en">Harmon AFB Bunker</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Arriving in Stephenville, Newfoundland, it's easy to find yourself driving along an old runway.  As you look around, you will see many buildings remaining from the former Harmon AFB, some of them dating back to its original construction in the 1940's.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While driving along that runway, I noticed one building in particular that seemed no longer to be in use.  We pulled over to take a closer look.  It was a fascinating, large hanger and after peering through various broken windows, I came upon a way in.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears that someone had been using it for other purposes, and it further appears that afterward it had been empty for quite some time.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=889&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="B6cSiuQZeyNDtmarmiiEuw2vOk8DKw02BRBYdIWoACY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 889 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Hanger#comments Harmon AFB Bunker https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harmon AFB Bunker</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I had, unfortunately, read about this a few months after being in Stephenville for the first time.  I marked it on my map for future reference with the idea that, someday, I would return.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I did.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We drove down the dirt road to the place I had marked on the map.  From there, it was a short walk along the path until we found what we were looking for.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long concrete building with multiple bays for the storage of ordnance.  You could still make out the painted stencils on the wall indicating what should be stored within.  Each bay had a heater, and one room in the centre of the building featured the remains of a furnace and the other mechanics of maintaining the building.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It is interesting that this bunker was built so far away from the rest of the airbase.  There are other bunkers around, but they are closer and of a different design.  Perhaps the ordnance kept here was something more dangerous.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=856&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="RO3Qxo2do2mvQzaNq41dXaY2vCqvoyapN94GW2k04J0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 856 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Harmon_AFB_Bunker#comments Rose Blanche Lighthouse https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Lighthouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Lighthouse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Construction of this lighthouse began in July, 1871, as granite was quarried from nearby.  Advice and equipment were supplied by D&amp;T Stevenson, an engineering firm from Scotland.  With a light standing 95 feet above sea level, it could be seen as far away as 13 miles in clear weather.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">From this time until the 1940's, there were six different lighthouse keepers stationed here.  The building was then abandoned and slowly fell into ruin.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Southwest Development Association, and other community groups, came together in 1988 with plans to restore the lighthouse to its former condition.  Work began in 1996, and was finished in 1999.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A bed and breakfast, gift store, canteen, etc., have all been constructed near the walking path leading to the lighthouse.  The staff are quite friendly and the view is breathtaking.  We stayed at the bed and breakfast for two nights while exploring around the area, and I had even attempted to do some night photography at the lighthouse, but the weather refused to cooperate.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=827&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="hYJaauFcdZVqrCK1-4FPjSrrezFMvDcqzR4b4SnKoAQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 827 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Lighthouse#comments Rose Blanche Fish Plant https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Fishplant <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Fish Plant</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">While driving along the South coast of Newfoundland, I was exploring every side road.  I was surprised to see a small harbour with a large building and a few vehicles parked around it.  Initially, I wrote it off and looked for a place to turn around.  After a second glance, I realized that there were some gaping holes in the wall and no activity inside.  Perhaps this warranted a closer look at what turned out to be a fish processing plant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Seeing through a missing wall to the harbour." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="775c3d08-fcb7-4367-892d-0026b2283d54" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9512_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Incomplete at this time, my research thus far seems to indicate the plant was built in the 1950's or '60's as a government project to modernize and centralize fish processing operations in Newfoundland.  Years of issues managing the fishing resource have caused the plant to be opened and closed repeatedly, keeping employment in the area always in question.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Room with a pump and many pipes running everywhere." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="72ffc79b-e158-4563-b527-00b26e4d02a1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9525_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was able to determine that the province expropriated the plant in 1988, from Eldorado Seafoods Ltd.  It was then leased to Conpak Seafoods until it closed again in December, 1993.  It lay dormant until, in August, 1996, it was announced that it would reopen as a joint venture between H.B. Dawe Ltd. of Newfoundland, and Ancoba Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. By 1998, the province had to get involved in labour issues between the owners and workers.  I have been unable to determine what happened after that, or when the plant finally closed down.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking along the wharf at one of the closed buildings on the site." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="829c4fe5-dd01-4993-a622-1d06059930db" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9544.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I spoke with a gentleman on the wharf who told me that the owners had walked away with anything of value one day, and that was the end.  Livelihood in the community dropped to near nothing as people moved elsewhere to piece their lives back together.  A tale told over and over in so many communities throughout the province.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=504&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="08mk6xUpKythHALrijhZNu2O-T-BPHS2pBVYT35wZu4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 504 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Fishplant#comments