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St. John’s Signal Hill

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We finally arrived in St. John’s, the last leg of our tour. Boohoo. Home soon, but not till we see what is on offer. The only entrance to the harbor is through the The_Narrows,_St._Johns which are only 200 feet wide.

Signal Hill

Our bus chugged up the steep, intimidating hill. I thought we’d roll back any minute. What a surreal feeling! Not a good day for touring 400 feet above sea level. Walking was difficult as the paths, though paved from the parking lot to the Cabot Tower, are also vertical. What a spectacular view. The weather was blustery so the walking was not enjoyable. Other than the view and the inside of the Tower, there wasn’t much to photograph, except the view.

A puddle a defrosted glacier makes

                                                      The puddle a defrosted glacier makes

The name Signal Hill did not come from Marconi. When people started to settle here, the merchants had their own ships. They had a person on the hill watching the flag on the incoming ship. The lookout, then put up a twin flag for everyone to see and set off the cannon. Ships came off Cape Race, dropped a canister with news inside and were paid $5.00.

Cabot Tower

Inside the tower are Marconi exhibits and of course, a bustling gift shop. Who knew? We saw numerous and huge ships in the harbor below.

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Marconi

Marconi sent transmissions at predetermined times near Cabot Tower. The wireless system really worked, but people laughed at him. Even Thomas Edison scoffed at Marconi’s efforts. “It’s interesting, but I don’t think it will have any commercial value,” he said.

Marconi was responsible for saving 705 people on the Titanic (1,500 were lost). He signaled the Carpathia 584 kilometers south of Cape Race / 365 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

Waterford

In Bowring_Park, a statue identical to the one in Pickadilly was shipped from England in memory of Sir Edgar Bowring’s granddaughter who drowned with her father.

Quick Facts about St. John’s

  • The Four Sisters of Temperance Street
  • A Canadian Legion Pub has a periscope on the roof from a wrecked ship
  • Pier 17 where Terry Fox put his foot in the water
  • Building new convention center capable of hosting anything and everything
  • Population about 110,000 in St. John’s
  • Huge university, add another 10,000 to 20,000

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 Next on October 7th – Out and About in St. John’s

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59 thoughts on “St. John’s Signal Hill

  1. Incredible photos! Bravo!

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  2. Your narratives are always fascinating, Tess. Lovely places. I’m sorry about the wind. Albuquerque was a very blustery place, so I know too well how a windy day can hamper your enjoyment. The photos are lovely though. Thanks for taking us along! Mega hugs.

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    • I’m tickled silly you are along for this trip, Teagan. Being 400 feet about sea level, I expect a little wind–now I do. Never thought of it before. Of course, the weather wasn’t the best our whole trip, but I still enjoyed it. ❤ ❤

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  3. Wow. Nice view. super photos as well

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  4. Tess, always like to travel with you! Great photos! Your write-ups feature interesting details and make the places come alive. 💛 Christine

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  5. What a trip. I’m enjoying it.

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  6. I always enjoy the armchair tour, Ms. Tess…you have a way with your travels! I love seeing this part of Canada, too, where I’ve never explored but heard all about. Have missed you and glad to connect with you again!

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  7. Such beautiful views but to get those means those scarily steep inclines. Always more than delighted to travel with you Tess. Even if I have to huff and puff up the hills. 🙂

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  8. Fantastic landscape Tess, I’m looking forward to seeing what the town is like 🙂 Have you planned your next trip yet?

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  9. Those views are amazing! Great photos, Tess 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We continue our virtual tour of Newfoundland with our guide Tess Karlinski and St. John’s Signal Hill will be fascinating for history buffs.. Before modern technology flags were used to signal comings and goings from the hill and then along came Marconi! Head over and read all about this important place in our tech history.

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  11. I am loving these views Tess.

    And just out of curiosity what is the next adventure we will go on with you? 🙂

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  12. I lived in St. John’s for many years. I now have my two daughters living there and I’m hoping again next spring. 🙂 Awesome post!

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  13. I’m hoping to visit next Spring that is. I got ahead of myself with my last comment lol. 🙂

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  14. Gorgeous photos, Tess. Newfoundland has just made my bucket list! 🙂

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  15. I have yet to visit Newfoundland but when I do I will for sure go to Signal Hill. Great photos and story!!

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  16. I want to tag along every time.

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  17. Odd isn’t it how we scoff at genius. Are we any better today, sneering at people’s efforts to built clean energy or develop efficient forms of transport.

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  18. I’ll have to head over to the other side of the country and visit this special place, one day! Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a safe trip home ❤

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  19. Glad you like the tour and yes, by all means, go. I AM home. This trip happened a year ago. ❤ ❤

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  20. Wow. What an amazing tour. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. I remember reading about Marconi when I read up on the Titanic sinking back in the early 90s, but I didn’t really fully understand what it was.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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  21. Every time I read your posts, Tess I want to sling a backpack over my shoulder and travel and even though I didn’t get as far as Newfoundland I did travel this weekend. And I also enjoy learning and traveling along with you. Thanks, off to share. 🙂 Big hugs. xox

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  22. What a beautiful (even if windy) place. Your photos took us there. By the way, what a fun Halloweeny header you have. 🙂

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  23. Fabulous looking place.

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  24. Fantastic views (even with inclement weather) and thanks for the fascinating data about Marconi. Sometimes you have to ignore feedback and other’s opinions and keep going. Thankfully he did. Have a great weekend, Tess!

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