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A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John's

Byrne, Allan; Authority, St. John's Port

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ISBN 10: 1771174668 / ISBN 13: 9781771174664
Published by Flanker Press 2015-09-11, 2015
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Title: A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of ...

Publisher: Flanker Press 2015-09-11

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fair

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Adapted from over a dozen recorded interviews with those who have most intimately seen and shaped the evolution of the Port of St. John's, A Beautiful Sight is a unique glimpse into one of the most storied harbours in North America. The picturesque port is an enduring symbol of Newfoundlanders' inextricable link to the sea. Indeed, it was the geographic features of St. John's harbour that encouraged initial settlement here, the starting point from which the city expanded. But the legacy of the growth of the port is a unique history unto itself. Playing a major role in the international salt fish trade, the port has been a safe haven for fishermen in the North Atlantic since at least the 1500s, and it later proved a strategic position in WWII during the Battle of the Atlantic. Since then, it has successfully evolved for newer industries and technologies, most notably as a supply base for offshore oilfields as well the largest containerized cargo handling port in Newfoundland and Labrador. Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the port's incorporation under the federal government's jurisdiction, this book traces the oral history of the port in the twentieth century.

Stories collected from:

Robert Innes

David Fox

John Crosbie

Miller Ayre

Captain Sid Hynes

Ches Sweetapple

Glenn Critch

Len Kenny

J. P. Andrieux

Ed Anthony

Albert Burgess

Bill Rompkey

Rob Strong

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Born in St. John's, Allan Byrne is a historian, archivist, and folksinger. He completed an M.A. in history at Memorial University, focusing his studies on the development of tourism in Newfoundland. For the past ten years, he has worked at a number of archival institutions in St. John's including The Rooms, and his research interests have introduced him to archival collections throughout the province. He is currently president of the Newfoundland Historical Society.

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