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Bell Island Submarine Miner
General Plant News
Deepest sympathy is expressed to Andrew SOMERTON, an employee of No. 6 mine, on the passing of his wife Sept 19th, after a prolonged illness.
Sid RATTFORD, cable inspector with this Company and Mrs. RATFORD returned to the Island during September from a vacation trip to the Canadian mainland and United States cities. While in Detroit, he visited brother Fred who he had not met since 1924. Sid also visited his sister in Toronto, and while in that city attended the Canadian National Exhibition.
The S.S. "Wabana," Captain BAGNELL master, of the Dominion Shipping Company Limited, which had been engaged in the Limestone trade between Aguathuna and Sydney this season, visited here in September and took a cargo of iron ire to Syndey. The "Wabana" has been associated with the ore-carrying trade between this port and Sydney since 1946.
Birthday greetings are extended to the following pensioners of the Company
who celebrated the happy occasion in September
Dr. Bernard J. EAGAN and family returned to the Island during September, after an extended holiday in Ireland.
The following students who were employed with this Company during the summer months, have now returned to University
Congratulations are extended to Mr. A.W. REES, former Mechanical Superintendent at the Piers, and Mrs. REES, on the occasion of their 49th wedding anniversary on Sept 23rd.
Donald MORGAN, son of Albert MORGAN of the Construction Department, and Walter HAMMOND, son of Fred HAMMOND, Overman at No. 3 mine, recently entered Queen’s College to study for the Ministry.
The first shipment of coal for this season, arrived from Sydney by the S.S. "Arthur Cross" in September.
The British ore-carrier "Zinnia", although a comparative new comer to the Wabana trade, has been in continuous operation between this port and the United Kindgom since Dec 1951. During that time she made 25 round trips and transported 250,000 tons of iron ore across the Atlantic to our British markets. Captain IRWIN, master of "Zinnia," expects to be continuously engaged in this trade until the end of 1954.
Dr. Jim SQUIRES, a former Bell Islander, now living in Winnipeg, accompanied by his family, visited here in September.
George STONE, son of Eric STONE, Section Foreman in No. 6 mine, and Michael GORMAN, son of Patrick GORMAN who is also employed in No. 6 mine, left for Vancouver during September, to take up residence there.
Edward CLARKE, No. 3 Mine employee, was injured in an automobile accident near Bennett St., Bell Island, on Sept 22nd and entered hospital in St. John’s.
The Norwegian ore carried "Siredal", employed in the Wabana trade this season, was damaged in an Atlantic crossing in September, and had to proceed to St. John’s for repairs.
John NEARY of the Accounting Department left on Sept. 23rd to visit relatives in Boston, New York and other mainland cities.
The first March of Dimes campaign, held on Bell Island to raise funds in the fight against poliomyelitis took place during September. The committee reports a successful campaign, having collected approximately $1,200.00.
Miss Nellie FORWARD, former matron at the Company’s staff house, visited the Island in September.
Arch CURNEW, No. 6 Mine employee, who was injured in an underground accident, entered hospital in St. John’s during September.
Miss Ella SOMERTON, formerly employed in the Personnel Department, is now working at Hmilton, Ontario.
Congratulations to James DOHERTY, No. 3 mine employee and his bride. They were married on Oct 2nd. Also to Vincent and Mrs. DALTON, who celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Sept 20th.
Congratulations to the following employees, who were visited by the stork
The "Blue Peter 11" discharged a part cargo of dynamite for mining purposes, at Dominion pier during the last week of September.
The last of the three mooring buoys used to anchor ore ships, while waiting for convoy, inside the anti-torpedo nets which were placed around the piers, following the sinking of four ships on the Bell Island anchorage by submarine warfare in 1942, was taken ashore at Dominion pier on Sept 23rd. The buoy moved from its original position near Scotia Pier when caught in heavy Arctic ice coming into Conception Bay during the Spring of 1952, which parted it from its anchor on the ocean floor. The buoy drifted with the ice to the anchorage, where the long mooring chain became entangled in one of the sunken wrecks, where it held fast until released last month and towed ashore by the pier motor boat. The other two buoys had previously been carried away by heavy ice, and were eventually hoisted onto the pier.
Greetings are extended to Jack FARRAR, of the Mechanical Department, and Mrs. FARRAR on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept 28th.
Also, Bert STARES of the Accounting Department and Mrs. STARES, who celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Sept 11th.
BELL ISLAND ORE RUN
By Leo HALLAHAN
Oiler, S.S. Louisburg
The lights of the Ore Pier are shining and bright,
The empty cars waiting lined up on the road,
The dumping of redrock makes everything quake,
Soon the holds are emptied it doesn’t take long
It’s a scant eighteen hours since we tied to the Pier
Outside Sydney Harbour, the Gulf we then face
Chief Clarke speeds the pumps which makes the ballast fly
Down the Newfoundland coast on a night thick with fog
As we leave Newfoundland and the weather turns fair
We see the lights of Scatarie, Flint Island and Glace Bay
The Pilot Danny Campbell from old Whitney Pier
A round trip’s ninety hours if the weather is fair
Bell Island's Oldest Citizen
Mr. J. T. Lawton, who was born at King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, on October 20th, 1860, is Bell Island's oldest citizen. In 1890 he graduated from the Royal University of Dublin, Ireland, and from then until 1899 taught school in Northern Ireland after which he returned to Newfoundland. For the next eight years, he taught school at Harbour Grace and from there moved to St. John's to take up a position as Editor of the St. John's Evening Herald. In 1910 he came to Bell Island and eventually joined the staff of the Tenements and Watchmen's Department. On the death of the Superintendent of that Department, he was appointed as its head, a position he held until the date of his retirement on May 1st. The "Submarine Miner" joins with his many friends in wishing Mr. Lawton many more years of health and happiness.
"Reprinted courtesy of The Submarine Miner"
Page Contributed by: Coleen Murrin-Norcott-Pieczewski
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (July 13, 2003)
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