Glovertown Pulp and Paper

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Industrial Abandoned Newfoundland Canada

History: 

The Terra Nova Sulphite Company sought funding for the construction of a new pulp and paper mill near present-day Glovertown, Newfoundland. The location was considered ideal because it was close to sea lanes, railways and a river for transporting logs and generating electricity.

They found investors from Norway who would help to finance the project. Construction began early in 1921, but by the fall, money markets were such that the Norwegians were horsed to pull out of the deal, leaving no money for the completion of the project. Terra Nova pursued loans from the Government of Newfoundland, but were denied.

In 1923, the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (AND Co) purchased the mill, its 1,172 square miles of timber rights, and its hydro rights and prepared for operation. They sent a relatively small load of wood to the mill as a test of its capacity and efficiency. Very quickly, they came to the conclusion that the mill was inadequate for their needs and closed it down. The equipment inside was dismantled and distributed to other mills operated by AND Co.

This was a devastating blow to a town that was eagerly looking forward to the employment and economic opportunities it appeared the mill would bring.


Personal Commentary: 

While wandering Google Earth, looking for interesting places while on vacation in Newfoundland, I spotted this mill.  It wasn't difficult to see, and certainly looked interesting, so I made note of it.

When we arrived, I wasn't disappointed.  Though the building was quite empty, it had a form and character that made it interesting nevertheless.

We went to look at the nearby dam and met a local who was there with her dog.  It seems the property is at least being enjoyed.

I pulled out my drone and decided to get a couple of higher-level photographs that are included in the set below.


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