Closed https://urbexobsession.com/status_Closed en Stephenville AFS https://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 https://urbexobsession.com Kingston Penitentiary https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Kingston_Penitentiary <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kingston Penitentiary</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, 05/29/2017 - 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><strong>May 20, 2017</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Kingston Penn ca. 1901" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1d71eeae-f100-40c8-9fff-8ae96668b85c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Kingston_Penitentiary_%28c._1901%29_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived on a bright and sunny May morning, parked and proceeded to the front entrance to begin our tour.  My attention was initially distracted by the person positioned there to check me in and give me instructions before I noticed the sheer magnitude and domination of this entrance.  Of course, that was its design...  Instant intimidation of anyone entering through the massive doors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Once checked in, we made our way along a few corridors to a holding room where waivers were signed, groups assigned and color-coded wrist-bands affixed.  Anticipation built as we looked at the paintings of clowns and other cartoon figures on the walls, a stark contrast to what was otherwise experienced by an actual inmate.</p> <p><img alt="Clown painted on the wall of the visitor's centre." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8ab8fd86-13f8-40b2-ab06-191a6c33110b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8586.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Kingston Penitentiary was constructed in 1833 / 34, and opened June 1, 1835, as the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada.  Cells measured 26 inches wide, 8 feet deep and were just 6 feet, 7 inches high.  The entire complex was originally surrounded by a 12 foot high wooden fence, but by 1845, towers, stock walls, and the North Gatehouse were constructed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In that same year, Antoine Beauche was convicted of being part of a pick-pocketing ring, and sentenced to three years at the Penitentiary.  During that time, on 49 separate occasions, he was whipped for infractions such as staring, laughing, whistling, giggling or idling.  He was 8 years old...</p> <p><img alt="Photo of original central building." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26db67ac-0466-4951-900b-83b3688020ad" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/a046242-v8_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Henry Smith, the first Warden, didn't begin work there until 1848.  He was eventually dismissed, however, because of violent punishments including flogging, darkened cells and locking inmates in upright coffins.  By 1849, there were already calls for the Penitentiary to be closed, including from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Brown_(Canadian_politician)" target="_blank">George Brown</a>, an MP.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1859 to 1861, a domed hub structure was built to connect the cell blocks together.</p> <p><img alt="Charles Dickens." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b284fb7-dafe-4e3f-a06d-dc1a62dce6ea" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dickens_Gurney_head%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p>In 1842, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens" target="_blank">Charles Dickens</a> visited the prison, as he had other prisons including <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_ESP" target="_blank">Eastern State Penitentiary</a>, which he deplored.  In contrast, Dickens said,</p> <blockquote> <p>There is an admirable gaol here, well and wisely governed, and excellently regulated, in every respect.  The men were employed as shoemakers, ropemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, capenters and stonecutters; and in building a new prison, which was pretty far advanced towards completion.  The female prisoners were occupied in needlework.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="Current view of a cell on display." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="98bd860f-bad5-439d-bfec-26b86a0d95ba" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8634_1%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1890, all the way through until 1914, the Penitentiary was overhauled.  Cell size was doubled and they included water, electric light and small tables.  In addition, a new block was built to house the female prisoners.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On September 10, 1923, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Ryan" target="_blank">Norman "Red" Ryan</a> and other inmates escaped.  A fire was started in a shed as distraction and smoke-screen while they erected a ladder against the perimeter wall and escaped stealing a nearby car.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The following month, on October 17, Kingston experienced their first major prison riot lasting 6 days.  Guards were taken hostage, and the prison tailor shop was barricaded.  Tear gas was used to regain control of the prison.</p> <p><img alt="Cleaning up after the 1954 riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="711dcc4f-dc6b-49f5-afb1-3f948003f6c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1954_riot.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.825x650_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The next major riot took place on August 14, 1954.  It lasted only two hours, involving over 900 prisoners.  It began during a morning baseball game when a guard was attacked.  Fires were set in various buildings, shops and a warehouse.  After an estimated $2 million of damage had been done, the Canadian Army and a unit of the RCMP were called in to support the retaking of the prison.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The third and final major riot took place on April 14, 1971 and lasted for four days.  Two inmates deemed "undesirable" died during the riot, and six guards were held hostage, but later released without harm.  After negotiations, the riot ended after the prisoners grieved the lack of recreational time, lack of work and concerns about the conditions at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millhaven_Institution" target="_blank">Millhaven</a> prison which had originally been built to replace KP.</p> <p><img alt="Officials touring the damage after the riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c0229d1-415e-46ca-a131-24e5a00e8446" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/kingston_8.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.1086x724_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">An inquiry held after the riot noted aged facilities, overcrowding, shortage of professional staff, confinement of prisoners not actually requiring maximum security and too much time in cells as causing factors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Additional riots took place in 1975 which led to the creation of the Sub-Committee on the Penitentiary System in Canada.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">An RCMP investigation into the conduct of specific guards was conducted that resulted in the firing of 8 staff members.  Two guards implicated in the investigation took their own lives before the results went public.</p> <p><img alt="A current view of a guard tower seen through a chain-link fence." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2371d256-f04e-4278-9485-85daf48bdb78" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8769%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1999, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Conn" target="_blank">Ty Conn</a> became the first person to successfully escape since 1958.  He died, whether by accident, or by his own hand, while talking to CBC producer Theresa Burke on the phone, and surrounded by police in Toronto.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On April 19, 2012, Kingston Penitentiary's closure was announced, and the facility was closed officially on September 30 the following year.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>May 30, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">According to the Kingston Whig-Standard (article attached below) the vision for the site of Kingston Penitentiary, and the adjoined waterfront, will be revealed.  It may include such things as Canada's first sailing centre of excellence, a wind research facility, prison museum, condominiums, and possibly a hotel with shops and public space.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>June 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">After our initial tour in May, I had sent an email to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.  In it, I itemized things I felt was good about the tour, but also some things where I felt it fell short.  Soon afterward, I was informed by the Commission that changes had been made to the format of the premium tours, and they invited me to return, as their guest, to review the improvements.  I gratefully accepted.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">They had, indeed, made the improvements required to make the experience truly enjoyable, including smaller groups, more time, etc.  I offer my special thanks the manager for his responsiveness to the comments of visitors and obvious dedication.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-videos field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><strong>CBC Fifth Estate:  Kingston Pen Secrets and Lies</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/f5oEe8r2fYs" target="_blank"><img alt="Fifth Estate" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="670ecb3e-a39f-4e55-8868-78fed5002933" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Kingston_Secrets_Lies.JPG" /></a></strong></p> <hr /><p><strong>Doc Zone: Tales from Kingston Pen</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/3YbFOOD5Nlk" target="_blank"><img alt="The Doc Zone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66f86fdf-64eb-4e60-8602-e6735a8644cf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Doc_Zone_Tales_from_Kingston.JPG" /></a></p> <hr /><p><strong>CBC Archives:  Fires and Rioting Damage Kingston Pen 1954</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2312813716/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kingston Riot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0ce15f01-3191-4c33-88dd-c93c18b67ac7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_kingston_riot_1954.JPG" /></a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 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=13&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="KI2V2LcXpDuWgxqoic4wiRBuo5z3uOQKxP28SqoSgC0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 13 at https://urbexobsession.com SS Norisle https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_SS_Norisle <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SS Norisle</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, 08/08/2016 - 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><img alt="Ship's telegraph photographed in the engine room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="acc2704d-1549-4385-a9bb-12ea5407e7b6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7643.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">On July 15, 1946, the 215-foot SS Norisle, hull #136, was launched at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collingwood_Shipbuilding" target="_blank">Collingwood Shipyards</a> and was put into service as a ferry on October 17 of that year. It was operated by the <a href="https://www.ontarioferries.com/en/home/" target="_blank">Owen Sound Transportation Company</a> and ran 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>, Manitoulin Island. With a single 1,000 hp coal-fire steam engine and a gross tonnage of 1,668, the Norisle had a speed of 12 kts (22 km/h), and a capacity of 200 passengers and 50 vehicles. She was 203 feet in length, 36 feet across the beam, and had a 16 foot draught.</p> <p><img alt="View down the deck on which cars were loaded." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2a7457fc-a5ba-4b99-9a1c-a3f7122eb495" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7633.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">During the winter docking of 1950 / 1951, the Norisle had a fire sprinkler system installed to comply with new government regulations.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The site, maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca contains Marine News from May, 1973 which states,</p> <blockquote class="text-align-justify">While Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. goes ahead with its contract to build the new ferry for the Tobermory-South Baymouth service, arguments are still raging over the suitability of the design of the new vessel and over the selection of the site for the new dock which some observers feel will ruin the character of Tobermory harbour. Fans who want to enjoy the crossing on the old ferries, NORGOMA and NORISLE, had better get moving as time for the pair is running short. It appears that NORISLE will be retained as a standby ferry for the crossing due to her ability to carry campers and trucks.</blockquote> <p><img alt="View of the forward common passenger area." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="14ac5582-58f5-46d3-84c7-199e8fb44b95" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7654.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">New hope for the ship remaining in some kind of service was noted by the Marine News in March, 1974.</p> <blockquote class="text-align-justify">One of the best pieces of news we have heard in many a moon concerns a proposal by the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission to operate a ferry service between Manitoulin Island and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The fate of the proposal appears to hinge on the availability of docking facilities on the Michigan side and the Commission seems to be eyeing the Cedarville area for a terminal. From the description of the two vessels (unnamed in the newspaper release) which the Commission would like to use on the service, it is apparent that they can only be NORISLE and NORGOMA which will be displaced from their normal Tobermory - South Bay Mouth run later this year with the entry into service of CHI-CHEEMAUN. This new plan is one which we would very much like to see carried to fruition and we hope that preparations for the service will go smoothly.</blockquote> <p><img alt="Looking out over the bow." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2ef76245-ac1a-460d-95e0-abe1e5f72883" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7675.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">These plans clearly fell through. The Norisle was retired and replaced by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun" target="_blank">MS Chi-Cheemaun</a>. It is apparent that they intended to sell the ship as the Marine News from February of that year states,</p> <blockquote class="text-align-justify">Bidding on the passenger steamer NORISLE, called by the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, closed on October 15. Although we are not aware whether other bids were received, it was known that the City of Owen Sound was anxious to acquire the vessel. On October 22nd it was officially announced that the steamer is to be given to the city which was her home port and the idea apparently is that she be turned into a floating museum and / or restaurant. While it is pleasant to think that NORISLE will be preserved, we get the cold shivers thinking about her being used as an eatery. Such plans crop up a dime a dozen, but how many ever come to function? The market for such an eating place in Owen Sound must be extremely limited and NORISLE is too good a vessel to be relegated to such a sleazy future. On the other hand, we suppose that anything is better than seeing a twenty-nine-year-old vessel go to the scrappers.</blockquote> <p class="text-align-justify">In the following year, Norisle, no longer an object of interest to Owen Sound, was sold to the Township of Assiginack for $1.00, where she served as a floating museum. Despite attracting as many as 2000 visitors each year as of 2006, it was later closed as a museum (2008?) but continues to be docked in Manitowaning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The <a href="http://www.norisle.com/" target="_blank">Friends of the Norisle</a> foundation is attempting to transition the ship into a luxury lake cruiser.</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-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/sites/default/files/2017-11/barrie_examiner_20161222_Norisle.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=312251" title="barrie_examiner_20161222_Norisle.pdf">Barrie Examiner - Group begins legal action against township over Collingwood-built ship</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-virtual-tour field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Virtual Tour</div> <div class="field__item"><p>For best results, click the button with the square for fullscreen view. 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"p05": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p05.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Leave Engine Room", "sceneId": "p03s" } ] }, "p06p": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": -34.1, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p06.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 153.4, "type": "scene", "text": "Leave Stairs", "sceneId": "p02s" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 56, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Upstairs", "sceneId": "p07f" } ] }, "p06a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 7.7, "yaw": -148.3, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p06.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 153.4, "type": "scene", "text": "Leave Stairs", "sceneId": "p02s" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 56, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Upstairs", "sceneId": "p07f" } ] }, "p07f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p07.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -20, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Downstairs", "sceneId": "p06a" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p08f" } ] }, "p07a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p07.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -20, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Downstairs", "sceneId": "p06a" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p08f" } ] }, "p08f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p08.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "P07 - Move Aft", "sceneId": "p07a" }, { "pitch": 10, "yaw": 350, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Upstairs", "sceneId": "p10f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 25, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p09f" } ] }, "p08a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p08.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p07a" }, { "pitch": 10, "yaw": 350, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Upstairs", "sceneId": "p10f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 25, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p09f" } ] }, "p09f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 30, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p09.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": 0, "yaw": 210, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p08a" } ] }, "p10f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 326, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p10.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -25, "yaw": 176, "type": "scene", "text": "Go Downstairs", "sceneId": "p08a" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 146, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p11a" } ] }, "p11a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p11.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 190, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p10f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 18, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p12a" } ] }, "p11f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p11.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 190, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p10f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 10, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p12a" } ] }, "p12a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 340, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p12.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 160, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p11f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 340, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p13a" } ] }, "p12f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 160, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p12.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 160, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p11f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 340, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p13a" } ] }, "p13a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p13.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p12f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 270, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Out", "sceneId": "p14s" } ] }, "p13p": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 90, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p13.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p12f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 270, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Out", "sceneId": "p14s" } ] }, "p14s": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p14.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move In", "sceneId": "p13p" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 270, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p17f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 100, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p15a" } ] }, "p14f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 270, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p14.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move In", "sceneId": "p13p" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 270, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p17f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 100, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p15a" } ] }, "p14a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 100, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p14.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move In", "sceneId": "p13p" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 270, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p17f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 100, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p15a" } ] }, "p15a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p15.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 170, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p16" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p14f" } ] }, "p15f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p15.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 170, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p16f" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p14f" } ] }, "p16": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 270, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p16.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 135, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p15f" } ] }, "p17f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p17.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p14a" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p18f" } ] }, "p17a": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p17.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 180, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p14a" }, { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 0, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p18f" } ] }, "p18f": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 90, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p18.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -20, "yaw": 215, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Down", "sceneId": "p17a" }, { "pitch": 15.0, "yaw": -109.9, "type": "scene", "text": "To Bridge", "sceneId": "p19p" }, { "pitch": -15, "yaw": 230, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p20" } ] }, "p18s": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 180, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p18.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -20, "yaw": 215, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Down", "sceneId": "p17a" }, { "pitch": 15.0, "yaw": -109.9, "type": "scene", "text": "To Bridge", "sceneId": "p19p" }, { "pitch": -15, "yaw": 230, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Aft", "sceneId": "p20" } ] }, "p19p": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": -34.1, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p19.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 66.8, "type": "scene", "text": "Outside", "sceneId": "p18s" } ] }, "p20": { "title": "SS Norisle", "author": "urbexobsession.com", "hfov": 110, "pitch": 0, "yaw": 0, "type": "equirectangular", "autoLoad": true, "compass": false, "panorama": "https://urbexobsession.com/images/panos/SS_Norisle/p20.jpg", //"hotSpotDebug": true, "hotSpots": [ { "pitch": -10, "yaw": 220, "type": "scene", "text": "Move Forward", "sceneId": "p18f" } ] } }} ); //--><!]]> </script><hr /></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/HMLrguutpG0?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 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=41&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="LnTlpYHGg_InAUyZZlhp7L4pedtPkgCu6M2_XGkQpQY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 41 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_SS_Norisle#comments Tembec Sawmill https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Tembec_Sawmill <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tembec Sawmill</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">Fri, 05/27/2011 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The buildings on this 136-acre property were first constructed in 1973 by Sklar Furniture. Later, it would be taken over by G.W. Martin and expanded. Tembec would eventually take over Martin's operations here, and the number of jobs would, at one point, peak at 500.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On April 25, 2006, Tembec announced layoffs for approximately 85 employees. It further announced that there would be 7-week shutdown beginning May 12, and would re-open in July with only one shift of approximately 30 people.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The numbers improved somewhat until July, 2008 when the mill was again idled while employing 59 people. Finally, on February 13, 2009, Tembec announced the permanent closure of the mill, blaming market conditions and the financial performance of the mill itself.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After a period of negotiations, the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation bought the property from Tembec for $1. It was felt that the company owed the town something for all of the lost employment. The EDC hoped to develop the property as an industrial park, and have at least one major tenant by the winter of 2009 to help offset costs. This didn't happen.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On September 28, 2010, BioSila Mattawa Inc., which numbered The Mattawa -North Bay Algonquin First Nation, and the Antoine First Nation among its shareholders, purchased the property from the EDC for $1. There plan was to create a biomass plant that would produce wood pellets to generate heat and electricity. The carbon-dioxide by-product would be used in a 25-acre greenhouse. These plans all hing on a wood allocation decision that was to take place in early November, 2010.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On May 27, 2011, BioSilla announced they had made an agreement with Toronto-based Atlantic Wind and Solar Inc. to install solar panels on the roof of the plant, and sell the resulting electricity onto the grid. Over the next 20 years, this electricity is expected to power about 100 homes.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The biomass facility is scheduled to be completed by September, 2011, Mattawa Power to be completed by December, 2011, and the food plant to be completed by December, 2011.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>Update: February 28, 2012</b><br /> According to BioSilla's web site, construction of the plant is to start June, 2012 and begin production by July 30, 2012. It is to be the first of five such plants BioSilla will be opening across Canada.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>Update: March 28, 2013</b><br /> According to an article in the North Bay Nugget, the deal with BioSila for this plant has fallen through. The mayor of Mattawa blames the lack of available wood supply.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I drove up to the front gate and had a look at the place, but it's well back from the road, and difficult to see any meaningful detail. I drove down a road bordering the property and found the former employee parking lot and stopped there. When I got out and began preparing my camera gear for the walk around, I was immediately swarmed by blackflies. It was brutal.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Once I got away from the parking lot, however, the number of bugs dropped off substantially, I was able to begin enjoying the look around. Almost everything is locked up tight, and given the future plans for this location and its equipment, that was fine with me. It was still lots of fun wandering the outside taking a few pictures.</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=409&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="VC8PscRrUt9DTF8LwYxm_ea9hw5cRwkiInU1-YmqIIc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 27 May 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 409 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Tembec_Sawmill#comments George's Island https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Georges_Island <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">George&#039;s Island</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, 08/10/2010 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Originally named Ile a la Raquette (Snowshoe Island), this island located in Halifax harbour was renamed George Island in 1749 after King George II. From the mid-18th century until after World War II, it played a part in the defense of Halifax.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During the 1750's, the island served as a prison of Acadians during the Great Upheaval.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 1870's brought the latest rifled muzzle-loading (RML) guns, submarine mining headquarters and more. (NOTE: This didn't mean mines to destroy submarines. It meant, explosives placed underwater and triggered remotely to destroy invading ships).</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During World War II, the island had anti-aircraft guns.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The island was transferred from the Department of National Defense to Parks Canada in 1960. Plans are currently in place to open the island to the public by 2012.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Great thanks to Parks Canada for granting us this quite exclusive opportunity to examine this piece of Canada's history up close!</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In it's relatively unmodified state, this is truly something to behold. It's amazing the work that went into these defenses given the technology of the day, and no... no sign of any tunnels leading to the Citadel. ;)</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-videos field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><b>CBC Archives: Land and Sea: Underground Halifax</b><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="" src="//www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=2661327655" width="800"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 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=452&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="LjbtHYKETg-1aHg3oJ7gD-yIqS_GS7l0trj-lPae-7M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 452 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Georges_Island#comments Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Rockwood <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane</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">Thu, 08/05/2010 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Construction of Rockwood Asylum began in 1859 to house the "criminally insane" of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Penitentiary" target="_blank">Kingston Penitentiary</a>. The asylum's site overlooking Lake Ontario was thought to have a calming effect on patients. The new limestone edifice - still situated near here - began accepting non-criminal patients in 1868. Rockwood became part of the Ontario provincial asylum system in 1877.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Kingston Penitentiary convicts were conscripted to build Rockwood. Architect William Coverdale's progressive design featured larger rooms with windows and some common sitting rooms. Rockwood also had one of the first central heating systems in Canada, deemed safer than stoves and open fires.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Rockwood was a self-sufficient community with almost all of its staff and patients living and working together on one isolated site. This was thought to create a protective environment for patients at Rockwood - a sanctuary away from the world. The institution's strict controls also served to keep inmates away from the rest of society.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This text and more from <a href="http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/exhibitions/rockwood-asylum.html" target="_blank">Museum of Health Care</a></p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With great thanks to Ontario Realty, I wandered this property and, as you can imagine, stood in awe. The main building is constantly being watched for breaches as it is apparently a favourite for the homeless. I myself was not allowed into the main building due to air quality issues, but was granted access to a couple of the surrounding buildings from the same period.</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=683&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="nve0ocMZNb97gUtKBm9aSqzEbKFH2LSsaOnKoelFeEg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 683 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Rockwood#comments Eglinton Bus Garage https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Eglinton_Bus_Garage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eglinton Bus Garage</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">Wed, 11/25/2009 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This facility began operation as a <a href="http://www3.ttc.ca/" target="_blank">TTC</a> streetcarhouse in 1921. In 1954, it was converted to a bus garage as it served until closure in 2002 when it was replaced by another, larger facility.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Another great little gem belonging to the Toronto Transit Commission. You may be aware of the abandoned bus station on the corner of Eglinton and Bloor, closed due to structural weakness. But located a short distance behind that bus station lies this fascinating place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first thing that impressed itself on us upon entering was the sheer size of this space. As we began to explore it, we found a number of artifacts from its former days, as well as several items the TTC is just storing there.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears as through something of interest happened there at some point as there is only one room in the entire building that is actually locked, and there are smurfs seals on the door. Obviously, I was quite curious about this.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In addition to the vast floor area, there were offices lining part of one wall. The upstairs area above the offices featured electrical and water equipment as well as washroom, shower and cooking facilities.</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=581&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="9QO96fTqhHf0RTwGn0adMykq75blXh1n3XTXYNMQC3U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 581 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Eglinton_Bus_Garage#comments Lower Bay Subway Station https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Lower_Bay <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lower Bay Subway Station</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">Thu, 10/22/2009 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The Bay Lower station was opened in February, 1966, as part of the University Y subway line. It was built directly underneath the known and still-used Bay Street subway station.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This station was created as part of an interlining experiment in the hopes of improving service and reducing wait times when passengers were changing from line to line. In reality, the experiment was deemed a failure as any delay on the system would cascade across the entire subway network, and it was determined that the real savings in time for riders was insignificant while confusion increased drastically.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result, in September, 1966, just six months after opening, the Bay Lower station was closed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Now, the station is used largely for training, moving cars from one line to the other, and as a location for movies and commercials. On the odd instance, it is even used as a venue for parties.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we descended the steps from the operational Bay station to Bay Lower, we could instantly feel the difference. The lack of "life" to this station that swarmed above us.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The rails on either side of the platform are powered, and the signal lights glow at the ends of the tunnels. The speakers attached to the ceiling still blare out the reminders that this is a non-smoking facility, and for all other appearances, this is an operational station, yet devoid of life.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As we took our pictures, we were jarred repeatedly by the thunderous arrivals and departures of the trains above us. We found the odd reminders of both what this station was, in the name "BAY" etched into the walls, and what the station became, with the remnants of "Grand Central Station" barely visible on one column. Surely this is a favorite for film crews.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The strangely quiet, unmoving escalator at one end was mute witness to the potential this station never met. A passing mechanic told me I should be there at 1 or 2 in the morning. "This place is haunted", he tells me as he continues on his way. I presume he's just pulling my leg.</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-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/article_Touring_the_TTC" hreflang="en">Touring the TTC</a></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=144&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="CljA57-3T6DXfpHDxfT5VGZGUetbDLN6sG-vQ3tveZs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 144 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Lower_Bay#comments William Birch Rankine Generating Station https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_William_Rankine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">William Birch Rankine Generating Station</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">Thu, 08/17/2006 - 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"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">After some slowdowns, minor construction began April 30, 1897. This wasn't a serious attempt at construction, but rather just enough to satisfy certain contractual obligations.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Many legal battles and negotiations ensued, and real construction on the site did not begin until May 23, 1901, just over four years later. On January 2, 1905, the station formally opened with two operational 10,000 HP generators producing about 17,000 kilowatts.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 2001, based on an agreement with Ontario Power Generation, the station produces no power, but OPG pays the owner for the amount of electricity it would have produced if it were online. Ironically, this station is powered by another generating station in Niagara Falls.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 2009, the station is to be mothballed, and ownership returned to the Niagara Park Commission.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">This should be a pretty familiar sight to anyone who's visited Niagara Falls. I arrived here during a camping trip to Port Dover, and spent the day touring the area.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">There are several such plants around, but something about the architecture of this one caught my attention and prompted me to stop and take pictures for this collection.</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=585&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="vXKoxbNIjsm2Ivz277ity-un3N7u7vvIB3Uo3KJzp74"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 17 Aug 2006 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 585 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_William_Rankine#comments