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Bell Island Submarine Miner
March 1956


General Plant News

The Ore Shipping Season closed at Scotia Pier on February 12th with the sailing of the "Globe Trader" to an overseas market. It was one of the busiest years during the 65 years that the Wabana Mining Operations have been carried on.

Two million, three hundred and sixty-nine thousand, one hundred and twenty-seven long tons of Iron Ore were shipped during the past season. It is the third successive year that ore shipments were above two million tons. The ore shipping season for this year is expected to resume in April.

The members of the Bell Island All-Star Hockey team third successive winner of the All-Newfoundland senior "B" hockey Championship were guests of the Bell Island Kiwanis Club at their luncheon meeting on Wednesday, March 14th, and the Bell Island Lions Club Tuesday, March 20th. They were also special guests at functions held in their honor by private clubs on the Island.

We wish to remind our old friends, those who have corresponded with us in the past, that we are always glad to hear from them. We would also like to hear from other former Bell Islanders now residing elsewhere. Your letters are welcome at any time.

The Bell Island Committee of the Canadian Institute for the Blind held a meeting during the last week of February to organize a collection campaign for that Institution. Collectors were appointed to canvass Bell Island homes.

The semi-final hockey play-offs in the Senior "B" Division, between the Bell Island All-Stars and the St. John's Bees opened in the Bell Island Arena on February 4th. The Island team won that game by 15-5 score. The second game in the series was played in the Stadium at St. John's. It was won by the city team, by an 8-1 score. The third and deciding game in a best of three series was played in the Bell Island Arena. Bell Island won by 15 goals to one Victory in this series brought the Eastern Championship back to Bell Island and earned the right for the local team, the right to meet the Grand Falls team for the All-Newfoundland Championship in the Senior "B" Division.

The series, a best of three games opened in the Stadium on March 5th, 4 goals to 1 and the second 5 to 4.

The Bell Island Pee Wee hockeyists took part in their first Inter-Town competition this winter. The local youngsters met the St. John's Pee-Wees in two exhibition games, both of which were won by the city boys. The first game was played on Stadium ice in St. John's, the second was played in the Bell Island Arena. Coach Neill AMADIO has about 300 little hockeyists in his charge this winter.

The engagement was announced recently of Miss Patricia CULL and Mr. Algernon TUCKER Jr. Miss CULL has resigned her position as Secretary to the Vice President and General Manager of Dominion Wabana Ore Limited, to return to her hometown, Green Lane, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, England. The wedding is scheduled to take place there, on June 3rd this year. Mr. TUCKER is also employed at the Main Office.

We extend sympathy to the relatives of Frederick J. PHELAN, who passed away at his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on February 27th, after a long illness. His son, Gordon, holds the position of Electrical Engineer with Dominion Wabana Ore Limited.

Also to the relatives of Mrs. Joseph MERCER, Bell Island, who passed away at the Grace Hospital, St. John's on Feb 24th, in her 38th year

Sympathy to the relatives of Mrs. Reuben BUTLER, Bell Island, who passed away at the General Hospital, St. John's on Feb 23rd, in her 61st year, after a long illness.

And to the relatives of Nath MERCER, formerly of Bishop's Cove, Conception Bay, who passed away at Prince Rupert, B.C. on Feb 5th, in his 80th year.

We offer congratulations to 79 year old Pensioner Charles FOOTE, on winning second prize in the exhibition of painting held in St. John's in February. His painting, "Moonlight at Sea" was in water colours and judged for its spark of vitality and inspiration of mood.

Mr. FOOTE has produced many paintings, which present an artistic realism of salty characters of the sea. He was born at Tilt Cove in 1877. Previous to retiring on pension, he was employed as Storekeeper with the Company. We wish him many more years of success with his paintings.

The Stork was quite active again in February and presented the following employees with:
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb ANTHONY, a daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Michael LAHEY, a daughter
Mr. and Mrs. George ROBERTS, a daughter
Mr. And Mrs. Jack TARRANT, a son
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard SWEENEY, a son
Mr. and Mrs. Michael BROWN, a daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Richard PARSLEY, a son
Mr. and Mr. Ted BUTLER, a son

Congratulations to the following employees who celebrated wedding anniversaries during the month of February:
Mr. and Mrs. Albert MORGAN, 43 years on Feb 1st
Mr. and Mrs. Steve FITZGERALD, 48 years on Feb 18th
Mr. and Mrs. Edward BICKFORD, 25 years on Feb 15th
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald KAVANAGH, 25 years on Feb 15th
Mr. and Mrs. Chesley SHEPPARD, 20 years on Feb 15th
Mr. and Mrs. John E. REES, 10 years on Feb 21st

Corbett PITTS re-entered the Grace Hospital, St. John's in February for treatment. He is back on the job now and feeling better

Patrick SWEENEY who has been on the sick list since Christmas, entered hospital in St. John's in February. He has returned home now and is improving

Kevin SWEENEY is still receiving treatment for a hand injury

John NEARY, Accounting Department entered St. Clare's hospital in St. John's during February. He has returned home and is feeling fine.

John PENDERGAST is off working with a broken arm

Ted KENT Electrical Department, was on the sick list in February

Thomas DUGGAN, Section Foreman, No. 3 received treatment at the Grace Hospital, St. John's in February

Edna, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John PARSONS, has returned from hospital and is feeling fine.

Alec STANFORD is in the Grace Hospital for treatment

John MOORE, Scotia Pier, is at present in the Grace Hospital, St. John's

Walter BUTLER has returned from the General Hospital, where he received treatment for a leg injury received in a non-plant accident several months ago

Bernard and Albert, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clem EZEKIEL, have returned home from the hospital and are feeling fine.

The Well Baby Clinic was re-opened by the Bell Island Branch of Red Cross in February. The Clinic is held in the company surgery and is open to pre-school aged children.

Felicitations are extended to the following
John B. PETRIE, 85 on March 27th
Edward WALSH, 82 on March 10th
Lear NOSEWORTHY, 81 on March 16th
Reuben BENNETT, 79 on March 2nd
Charles WHITE, 77 on March 9th
Henry STARES, 75 on March 14th
Pat TAPLIN, 74 on March 10th
James J. POWER, 73 on March 13th
Peter J. FITZGERALD, 72 on March 31st
James J. JONES, 72 on March 1st
George GEORGE, 69 on March 4th
Elisha REID, 69 on March 5th
Thomas MYLER, 68 on March 12th

Birthday greetings are also extended to the following employees on the occasion of Leap Year birthdays on February 29th; H. Pynn, Freeman Mercer and P. Whelan.

We extend sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hammond on the death of their three-month-old on March 7th.

All-Newfoundland Senior "B" Division Hockey Champions - 1956

Again this year, the Bell Island Senior All-Stars won over the Grand Falls team by two straight wins, in a best of three game series, to become All-Newfoundland Senior "B" hockey Champions for the third year in succession, retaining the Evening Telegram Trophy, emblematic of hockey superiority in the B Division.

Previous to the win over Grand Falls, Bell Island eliminated the St. John's Senior "B" All-Stars in a best of three game series earning the right to represent Eastern Newfoundland in the finals with the Grand Falls team, champions of Central and West Newfoundland.

The Submarine Miner joins with the thousands of the teams supporters on Bell Island and elsewhere in extending congratulations on a well-earned victory and also to those who spent so much time and effort in building up such a fine hockey aggregation.


Joe PENNEY Goalie
Hal SHEPPARD Right Wing - Most Goals in Series
George CONNORS Left Wing
Cyril POWER Center
Tom COBBB Defence
Neil AMADIO Coach
John FitzgeraldRight Wing
Steve DELANEYDefence
Bill POWERCenter (Ass't Captain) M.V.P. Award
Dean REEVELeft Wing
John CAHILLSub-Goalie
Gerald CONNORSDefence (Captain)
Gordie BUTLERDefence
Hubert POWERRight Wing
Mike NORTHCOTT (should be NORCOTT)  
New C.B. Archibald Crushing Pocket Opened By Vice-President and General Manager

On Monday, March 12th, at 8 a.m., Mr. H.P. Dickey, Vice-President and General Manager of Dominion Wabana Ore, Ltd., cut the ribbon to officially set in motion operations at the new crushing pocket which is named in memory of the late C.B. Archibald, who formerly served as Manager here.

Iron Ore mined in No. 4 Slope is now transported in trains of six 4-ton Mine Cars, pulled by locomotive along No. 17 level to the new pocket, a distance of approximately 4,500 feet. After a primary crushing, the ore product is moved a short distance to the new rubber-belt conveyor in No. 3 Slope, by a forwarding belt. Formerly, ore from No. 4 Slope had to be transported to the Crushing pocket in No. 6, a much greater distance.

A.S. TASMAN Retires after Lengthy Service


It was announced recently by Mr. G.C. BROADBENT, Secretary and Treasurer of Dosco, that Mr. A.S. TASMAN entered into retirement on December 31, 1955, after nearly 56 years of service. He started with the Company in 1900 and served in many capacities, from Junior Clerk to Comptroller, and at the time he retired was serving as Audit Consultant.

Mr. TASMAN visited Bell Island and other parts of Newfoundland during the late 1930's. On his return to the Mainland, he wrote an account of his trip, in verse. It has some local appeal and will be published in a future issue of our Plant Magazine.



"Reprinted courtesy of The Submarine Miner"
A publication for the employees of the Dominion Wabana Ore Limited.
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Page Contributed by: Coleen Murrin-Norcott-Pieczewski

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (July 20, 2003)

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