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Bell Island Submarine Miner
General Plant News
With the ending of 1956, another Christmas Season has passsed into history. The arrival of winter, in all its glory, previous to the Yuletide holidays, set the scene for another white Christmas.
The countryside, clothed in its mantle of snow, replacing the dull, lifeless appearance of Fall, presented a beautiful setup throughout the Festive Season.
Mining operations ceased on Dec 22nd and employees began their annual Christmas vacation with pay on that date. Operations were resumed on Jan 2.
Those employees living on the local mainland spent the holidays there with their families. Employees living on Bell Island spent the time here with their families.
News from employees, on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries:
Sympathy to the relatives of the following people, who died recently:
News from Pensioners, on the occasion of their birthdays during the month of
Former Bell Islander, Colin TAYLOR, son of N.R. TAYLOR, Engineering Department, is spending this winter on the far north Resolute Island, where food, mail and other supplies must be dropped by parachute. Colin holds a position with the Bell Telephone Company.
Between July 1, 1956 and Jan 1, 1957, the following 14 employees of Dominion
Wabana Ore, Limited, retired on pension. During the period of long and faithful service, in many cases over 50 years, their contributions to Industry and to the Community were many and varied.
Wabana Mining Operations By Stella Kennedy (Concluded)
In the transportation of the ore the mines horses had been used, but now due to the great changes, electrically powered locomotives are used. Loading was mostly done by hand and now it is done by mechanical loaders which I have first mentioned. Because of these changes, ore can be transported from all parts of the mine without difficulty.
First, cars laden with ore arrive in the tipple area. There they are grouped in fours and sent into the ??tary tipple. The man operating this presses a button which causes the tipple to turn over, and the ??rs to turn upside down. The ore is then discharged from the cars by a steel conveyor where it is sent to the primary crushing unit. After it is crushed, it is sent to a storage pocket which has a capacity of about 1100 tons. There it is sent to the conveyor belt which takes it to the surface; the speed of the conveyor being 550 feet per minute.
Ore is now transported from the mine to the surface by rubber conveyor belts installed in No. 3 Slope. Because of the length of this slope, the conveyor is arranged in ten ??ghts and at the top of each there is a transfer station.
There the rock is separated from the ore. From there it is loaded on the belt and sent to the Pier, a distance of 1.7 miles. There it is dumped into loading bins by means of a stacker conveyor, mounted on a traveling carriage, or, if the bins are filled, the ore will be placed in storage by the same stacker.
The belt, from Tank Hill to the Scotia Pier Area, is covered by a metal hood to protect the structure from the elements. Before the ore is shipped from Bell Island by ore ships, it has to be analyzed. To do this, sampling has to be done in the Laboratory. Before final analysis can be made, a set pattern has to be followed. The ore has to go through the following process: -
There are numerous other operations and happenings occurring at Wabana. Some of these are: "The Hobby Shop"; "The Welfare Plan"; "The Boys' Club".
There is, too, the operation and great work of the Company Warehouse. This store provides material and equipment necessary for mining operations. Since 14,000 different items have to be kept in stock, it has to be under skillful management, with all the store employees having a thorough knowledge of all items that are handled.
Mining methods and equipment at Wabana are being improved more and more as the years pass by and they must continue to do so in order to meet the demands for our ore which goes to England, Germany, other countries in Europe as well as to the Corporation's steel plant at Sydney, N.S.
The following organization change was announced recently, by Mr. V. J. Southey, General Superintendent, Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited.
Effective from January 1st, 1957, the Mining Department will comprise two Divisions: - A Mine Operating Division and a Production and Planning Engineering Division.
MINE OPERATING DIVISION:
Mr. H. D. CAMERON will assume the title of Superintendent of Mining and will head this Division which includes all slopes. Mr. Cameron will work closely with the Production and Planning Engineering Division, but his direct responsibilities will include: -
PRODUCTION AND PLANNING ENGINEERING DIVISION:
Mr. Fred REES will have the title of Superintendent of Production and Planning Engineering, and his direct responsibilities will include: -
In the initial stages of organization, Mr. Rees will have Messrs. P. M. Nixon, R. H. Paddon and J. A. Doyle in his Division.
Mr. L. A. Forsyth, Q.C. Passes
The news of the passing of Mr. L. A. Forsyth, Q.C., President of Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation, Limited at Montreal on January 1st, was received on Bell Island with feelings of profound regret.
As President of DOSCO, of which Dominion Wabana Ore Limited is a subsidiary, Mr. Forsyth made several visits to the Island during his tenure of office and on each occasion met and conversed with as many people as was possible. Here, as elsewhere throughout the land, this great man's humility and his genuine interest and belief in his fellow man, won for him a host of friends and inspired in those with whom he met a deep sense of trust in him personally and unbounded confidence in his ability as a leader.
The late Mr. Forsyth was born at Mount Denson, Hants County, Nova Scotia. Son of a sea captain, Enoch Avard Forsyth, he accompanied his father on world trips in his early youth. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at King's College, Windsor, N.S. and later studied languages at Harvard University. Upon his return to Nova Scotia, he taught at King's and studied law in his spare time. Eventually, he devoted full time to law and was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1918, and eight years later became a member of the Quebec Bar. Subsequently, he was admitted to the Bars of Alberta and Ontario.
Mr. Forsyth's first association with DOSCO was in 1928 when he was named legal counsel. In 1944 he was appointed a Director of the Corporation and became Executive Vice-President in April, 1949. On January 1st, 1950, he became President, the first Maritimer to ever hold that important post.
Mr. Forsyth is survived by his wife, the former Elsie Maie Dimock of Windsor, N.S., a son, Lewis Avard of Halifax and two daughters, Mrs. Allen Ramsey, London, Ontario and Mrs. Arthur Andrews, Halifax, N.S.
To the bereaved family, the "Submarine Miner" extends deepest sympathy in their great loss.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives of the following employees, who passed away recently.
Pensioner William Kent, who passed away at his home, Kent's Ridge, Bell Island, on December 28th, in his eighty-fourth year, following a long illness.
John Byrne, who passed away at his home, West Mines, Bell Island on December 31st, in his forty-sixth year.
Pensioner Thomas Power, who passed away at his home, West Mines, Bell Island, on January 16th, in his eighty-first year, following a short illness.
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