Newfoundland

Harmon AFB Bunker

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.

I did.

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.

Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Construction of this lighthouse began in July, 1871, as granite was quarried from nearby.  Advice and equipment were supplied by D&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.

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.

Rose Blanche Fish Plant

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.

Rose Blanche Pumphouse

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.

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.

Redcliff AFS

History: 

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.

NAS Argentia

History: 

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.

RCAF Botwood

History: 

Aviation has been a part of Botwood for a very long time.  As early as the 1930's, Charles and Anne Lindbergh arrived here and recommended it as a stop-over for sea-planes flying across the Atlantic Ocean.  The recommendation was accepted, and air lines like Pan American began scheduled flights.

Glovertown Pulp and Paper

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.