Newfoundland http://urbexobsession.com/region_Canada_Newfoundland en Unknown Blockhouse http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Stephenville AFS http://urbexobsession.com/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://urbexobsession.com/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://urbexobsession.com/radar_FPS20" target="_blank">AN/FPS-93A</a>, <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Hanger http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Harmon AFB Bunker http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Rose Blanche Lighthouse http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Rose Blanche Fish Plant http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Rose Blanche Pumphouse http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com Redcliff AFS http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_AFS_Redcliff#comments NAS Argentia http://urbexobsession.com/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 http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_NAS_Argentia#comments Fort Amherst http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Fort_Amherst <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fort Amherst</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, 08/12/2014 - 23:15</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">This point of land appears to have served in the defence of St. John's Harbour since 1632. It was apparently so named after <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Amherst_(British_Army_officer)" target="_blank">Col. Amherst</a> who, in 1762, took St. John's from the French.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In September, 1796, a French fleet arrived under the command of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_de_Richery" target="_blank">Admiral Richery</a>.  An alarm was raised from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_Hill,_St._John%27s" target="_blank">Signal Hill</a>, and Governor <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wallace_(Royal_Navy_officer)" target="_blank">Sir James Wallace</a> declared martial law and pressed every able-bodied man immediately into service.  The French fleet stood offshore and watched as Wallace had guns and men moved out to hills to meet the challenge.  Many signals were seen to be exchanged between the ships and three days after their arrival, they left without having fired a shot.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking into the narrows." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1c7e64fe-04fe-433d-8e67-a23b62abe9ba" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/03_03_003_The_Narrows_St_Johns_Fort_Amherst_lighthouse_and_the_Narrows.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the combination of a light, first installed in 1812, and a "fog gun", the Fort largely assisted vessels coming in and out of the narrow passage to the port city.  It's noted in the July 24, 1896 edition of the Evening Telegram that an unnamed woman having a picnic nearby became the first woman to ever fire the fog gun, and did so without flinching.  The use of the fog gun was discontinued on August 1, 1908, replaced by a compressed air fog horn.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The St. John's Daily Star notes in its October 18, 1916 edition that, on October 11, a message had been sent out indicating that the harbour entrance would be closed at night, with a chain going up across the narrows, and that the light would be extinguished.  This was in response, apparently, to reports of a German U-boat operating in the area.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Gun looking toward Signal Hill." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ef968b08-3188-4e99-921f-02388d39e2e0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3157.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The ruins you see in the pictures below, however, are of the World War II-era fortifications constructed here in 1941. Its purpose was to protect the minefield that had been laid just outside the harbour.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Two 4.7" guns were moved here from Signal Hill across the mouth of the harbour to replace a pair of 75mm guns that were in turn moved to Fort Chain Rock (one of which is still there). An American-made and -manned radar, <a href="/radar_SCR296A" target="_blank">SCR-296A</a>, was located nearby to aid in the direction of the guns.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the Fort." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b12e6aa7-b0d9-4b17-a3fd-8dd03a34928c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3160.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In one incident noted by the Atlantic Guardian, the SS Terra Nova was completing a zig-zag manoeuver, required to confused submarines, as she was about to enter St. John's harbour.  A German U-boat fired a torpedo at her, hoping to block the entrance, but missed.  The torpedo exploded on the rocks, blowing the glass from the lighthouse.  Fragments of the device are stored in a museum in Ottawa.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I parked my car and began the walk up to the point.  It seemed a fairly popular area for the tourists, so I was unsure what to expect.  When I arrived at the point, however, I saw a small lighthouse, a very old, barely visible concrete circle where a gun had once been mounted, and a historical marker...  Where's the access to the fort?</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Looking out of the Fort to another gun." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4a50b573-9e04-44ea-8cfd-dcd7513b5ccc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_3172.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">A bit of looking around revealed that they weren't allowing access to the fort and had instead encircled the entire point with a chain-link fence.  After a moment of disappointed disbelief, I noted a little gap one end of the fence line.  When I took a closer look, I could see that I could, if careful, get down the embankment to the old concrete works below.  A quick glance around and down I went.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I certainly wasn't disappointed.  Both guns were still present though no longer on the carriages as they once had been.  As you will see from the pictures, this is something almost anyone would be interested in seeing, and I was sorry for others that they were not allowing them to.</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=229&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="RdavXrkWIFyo0mAw9So2n7czUyojdir9jhU5n_o5YL8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:15:00 +0000 Mike 229 at http://urbexobsession.com http://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Fort_Amherst#comments