Newfoundland https://mikeonline.ca/region_Canada_Newfoundland 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 https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Petites#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 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 Rose Blanche Pumphouse https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Pumphouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rose Blanche Pumphouse</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">Tue, 01/02/2018 - 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">Out for a drive, exploring the area along the south coast of Newfoundland, I spotted a rooftop of a small building peeking out from the bushes.  I simply had to stop for a look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I pushed through the overgrowth, I was happy to see that, not only was the door open, but that there was some interesting stuff inside to see and show you.</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=502&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="WkvxOQtoIgoZ6afbSl-GZooUdlzeOKvHVgFwUaw34KY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 502 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RB_Pumphouse#comments Redcliff AFS https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_AFS_Redcliff <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Redcliff 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, 09/29/2014 - 11:15</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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The location on which the radar station was constructed was originally a World War II coastal battery. Construction of the site began in 1952, and was completed the following year when it officially began operations. It was built, financed and operated by the United States Air Force during its complete life-span of 9 years.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As with most of these stations, Redcliff AFS was designed to be self-contained and included barracks, shops, warehouses, dining halls, power generators and a steam plant for heating. The station's location subjected it to high winds and cold temperatures making life for the personnel manning it quite interesting.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1957, a gap-filler radar site was constructed at Elliston Ridge which answered to Redcliff. It was closed in 1960.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Redcliff was closed in 1961 and its equipment dismantled.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a reasonably short hike up hill along the old access road to get to the old station. The day had been quite warm, and the mosquitoes were being particularly vicious and relentless.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There wasn't a great deal left of the site, as you can see from the photos. In fairness, the place was decommissioned in 1961. All things considered, it's amazing there was anything left at all after 53 years.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The fading sunlight and the continued attacks on our exposed flesh finally horsed us to leave. If you find yourself in St. John's, Newfoundland, keep this on your list. The view alone is worth it!</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=232&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Sh_hEJcalubxqbkgiFEYnM-6b5_GW4lCTV319IHqL4Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 232 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_AFS_Redcliff#comments NAS Argentia https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_NAS_Argentia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">NAS Argentia</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, 09/22/2014 - 11:15</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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Construction of Naval Air Station (NAS) Argentia began on January 25, 1941 and was completed that July. In order to build this base in anticipation of the US's involvement in World War II, over 400 families were displaced from the land by the Government of Newfoundland. While they had been paid for their property, they were uprooted from land on which generations before them had lived, and moved into other communities that were already struggling with the population they had.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">August 7-12, 1941 saw the visit of US President Roosevelt, and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill to NAS Argentia aboard the USS Augusta and HMS Prince of Wales, respectively. They were there to discuss plans for the eventual American entry into the war. While no documents or agreements were signed, the general agreement that was reached was referred to by the press as the Atlantic Charter.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When the US did enter the war, NAS Argentia began to provide air cover for convoys of ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean, as well as anti-submarine patrols. In addition, the dock facilities constructed there were kept quite busy.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In February, 1942, disaster struck the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Pollux_%28AKS-2%29" target="_blank">USS Pollux</a>, a supply ship, and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Truxtun_%28DD-229%29" target="_blank">USS Truxtun</a>, a destroyer, as both ships ran aground just over 70 miles away during a storm. A total of 203 fatalities were recorded, of which over 100 were buried at NAS Argentia. A second destroyer, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wilkes_%28DD-441%29" target="_blank">USS Wilkes</a>, was also grounded the same day but was able to continue without loss of life.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In March, 1942, construction of Fort McAndrew was completed. This army facility was tasked with the physical security of the Air Station. In the spring of the following year, a floating dry dock facility was added to enable the Navy to carry our repairs to their ships.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During the Cold War, Argentia was involved in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOSUS" target="_blank">SOSUS</a> system, making it a target for several attempts at espionage.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1973, ownership of the land on which the base was situated changed first to the Government of Canada, and then to the newly-founded province of Newfoundland. All US Navy personnel and equipment finally left the base in 1994.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we first arrived, we were almost disappointed. We drove along the main road and arrived at a gate that would allow us to proceed no further. There was a great deal of activity beyond that, and it was clear that some kind of construction was taking place. As near as I could find out later, they were building a facility in which offshore oil rigs would be built.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Turning back, I spotted a road in with no obstructions. I turned and followed it to find myself in the middle of the runway. As construction was clearly happening to the right, I turned left on the runway and proceeded to the end. I could see a number of bunkers built into the ground and thought this would be an excellent starting point.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the end of the runway, I was expecting there would be a peripheral road often used to patrol facilities such as this. However, I found none. This puzzled me until I later discovered that the land on which the peripheral road was on, was now eroded out to sea. I doubled back on the runway and turned left onto the second runway and soon spotted an access road to the bunkers. The exploration was on.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We spent the better part of the day exploring this place. Not only were there these ammunition bunkers, but we went on to find two medium guns, still in place, and their accompanying bunker, and an observation post. Following other roads, we discovered several other buildings that were clearly part of the original base, but appeared to be in use for other purposes. We continued on back roads up into the surrounding hills and found countless more ammunition bunkers of various sizes. These guys were loaded for bear!</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After my return home, through an act of personal stupidity, my photos were deleted. I was unable to get them back. For this reason, the photos you see below are those of Alex Methe, our guest photographer for this location.</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=226&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="FDRCme9BWFB4TWfCuzMM6TJ3m5v0Vkv7Axqa8e708uA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 226 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_NAS_Argentia#comments