Horwood Lumber Mill, in Campbellton, Newfoundland, Canada. Abandoned for 99 years. Continue reading
On the site of the former US Naval Base, Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. It was built in 1940 and served as secure deep water anchorage for the transatlantic supply line during WW2, and as a base for Allied sub-hunters. It also had it’s own small airport, Bristol Field. At times, the personal numbers rose to 7000 but the base was officially closed and abandoned by 1994. Argentia still has its secrets, but here’s something.
Standing on land granted by France to the Canadian people, the Vimy Ridge Canadian War Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point on the ridge, and towers over the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought from April 9-12 1917, an engagement that Canadians remember with more pride than any other World War 1 operation. This incredible monument was designed by one of Canada’s most well-known sculptors, Walter Allward. He began work in 1925 and completed it 11 years later at a cost of $1.5 million. Twenty figures can be seen representing faith, justice, peace, honour, charity, truth, knowledge, and hope. The walls of the memorial are inscribed with the names of the 11,285 Canadians who were killed on French soil and have no known graves. Think about that for a minute… Continue reading
Beaumont-Hamel. A place of bucolic, country serenity in the Somme region of northern France, and the location of the virtual annihilation of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment by German machine guns on on the morning of July 1, 1916. Much has been written about this massacre over the last almost 100 years and I’m not about to add my analysis, but suffice it to say, as David R. Facey-Crowther wrote, “So catastrophic was the event that it remained etched into the consciousness of Newfoundlanders for much of this (20th) century”. Continue reading
For years I’ve felt compelled to visit the Somme Region of northern France, in particular, Beaumont-Hamel, site of the virtual annihilation of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the Great War. In July, my good friends Barry Canning, Lloyd Reid and I went to pay our respects. Beaumont-Hamel and Vimy Ridge deserve their own posts and I’ll be doing that before Remembrance Day. These shots are from the rest of the trip.
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Lots of stuff to get up here from the winter months… Here are a few short videos shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver the kids gave me for Christmas. Edited mostly … Continue reading
Had an exciting night September 30th, 2012, at the Fat Cat Blues Bar in the heart of the St. John’s, Newfoundland booze and bad behaviour district, when Critical List played a rare club gig. We formed the band back in … Continue reading