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Bell Island Submarine Miner
February 1958

Heavy Sleet Storm Disrupts Operations

The intense sleet storm which hit the Avalon Peninsula on Saturday, March 1st, caused severe damage to electric power supply and telephone lines in the area.

Bell Island suffered a complete blackout and a breakdown in telephone communications with the mainland, due to the storm compelling a complete shutdown in mining operations at Wabana and disorganized community services.

It may be several weeks before all sections of the community receive normal electrical and telephone facilities.

In the meantime, everything possible is being done by those responsible for maintaining public and community services to improve the situation.

A 60-thousand watt generator was brought here from St. John's to service Bell Island schools which depend on electric power for heating.

Auxiliary power units are also set up and the situation is improving.

A number of people here are still using coal ranges and were not inconvenienced in regard to cooking and heating facilities.

A sleet storm of about the same intensity was experienced here about sixteen years ago, causing much damage to power and telephone lines.

Employees With Perfect Attendance
Months of 1957 Records For The Last 6
No. 4 Slope
(Continued from last issue)
Frank Burke Henry T. Bickford
Henry McLean Albert Atkins
Thomas Reardon Peter Power
Bernard Galway Bernard Lahey
James Hibbs Thomas Bickford
James McDonald Wm. Nicholle
John Parsons Richard Hawco
James Young Robert Sweeney
Llewellyn Mercer Patrick Lahey
Andrew Dobbin Wm. Atkins
Brendan Hurley Woodrow Boone
James King Kevin Stoyles
George Bickford Ambrose Parsons
Robert Power Kevin Hammond
John Brown Stan Hussey
Daniel Kent Matthew George
James Crocker Ray Robbins
Leo Peddle Harold Bickford
John McLean James Quinlan
Martin Butler Reuben Bickford
Edward Kavanagh George O'Brien
Stan Bickford Wm. P. Stone
Augustus Coombs Fred Meadus
Kelvin Decker (To be continued)


Deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of the following deceased employees:

Albert Slade, Salmon Cove, C.B., who was fatally injured in an accident in No. 4 Slope on January 28th.

Dennis Murphy, who passed away at his home, Town Square, Bell Island, on January 30th, in his fifty-fourth year, following a short illness.


"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 (August 23, 2003)

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