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Portugal Cove, Newfoundland is a rural seashore community located on the eastern Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and LabradorCanada. Located less than 15 minutes from the provincial capital, and covering 56.43 square kilometres (21.79 sq mi), borders the City of St. John's (provincial capital) to the east, and the Town of Paradise to the west. Located on Conception Bay, it is the site of a ferry terminal which provides daily access to and from Bell Island, and dozens of people commute from this tiny island to work in and around the capital city, daily. 

The town motto is Where the Sun Meets the Sea. This motto is ironic, since due to the positioning of Bell Island in the bay, the setting sun never actually meets the sea at any point in time.

The community is one of the oldest in Newfoundland and has a rich history. It was founded by the Portuguese and was one of the first villages established in the new world. The Portugal Cove area has historically been predominantly Roman Catholic, and is served by Holy Rosary Church

It was attacked and burned by the French in 1696, was the site of the first road built outside the capital St. John's, it was also here that the giant squid or Kraken of legend was discovered and documented. The community has a large body of folklore and oral traditions. Settled by fishermen from the west Country of England and Ireland it also has a small settler tradition from Jersey, Channel Islands. It is named after Portugal. Fishing had been a mainstay since the 17th century and this has been on the downswing since the 1990s.

 

Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland

Signal Hill is a hill which overlooks the city of St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorCanada.

Due to its strategic placement overlooking the harbour, fortifications have been built on the hill since the mid 17th century.

The final battle of the Seven Years' War in North America was fought in 1762 at the Battle of Signal Hill, in which the French surrendered St. John's to a British force under the command of Lt. Colonel William Amherst. Lt. Colonel Amherst renamed what was then known as "The Lookout" as "Signal Hill," because of the signalling that took place upon its summit from its flagmast. Flag communication between land and sea would take place there from the 17th century until 1960.

During Signal Hill's first construction period in the late 18th century, Signal Hill was designated as the citadel for St. John's.

 
Marconi watching associates raise kite antenna at Signal Hill, December 1901

During the 19th century, Signal Hill was manned specifically during the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War. A second construction period in Signal Hill's history saw the construction of the Queen's Battery Barracks, which has been completely restored to the period of 1862.

 

Construction on Cabot Tower began in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's landfall in 1497. The building was declared officially open in 1900. The practical uses of the building were flag mast signalling, and a Marconi wireless station which has since been moved to St. John's International Airport.

On 12 December 1901, the first transatlantic wireless transmission was received here by Guglielmo Marconi in an abandoned fever and diphtheria hospital, which has since been destroyed by fire.[1] The transmission, in Morse code, originated from his Poldhu Wireless StationCornwall, UK.

Cabot Tower, located at the top of the hill, features exhibits about Guglielmo Marconi and the wireless station that operated in the tower. There is a gift shop, and an amateur radio station VO1AA, which may be operated by visiting amateur radio operators in the summer months. It is sponsored by the Society Of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs.

VO1IDX, VO1UF, VO1DM activation VO1IMD @ VO1AA for International Marconi Day

Far Left: VO1IDX, VO1UF, and VO1DM activating VO1IMD at VO1AA for International Marconi Day 2017.

 

Left: Joe (Student), VO1VZ, VO1LM, VO1MRK, VO1ABC, and VO1IDX activating VO1AA on Field Day 2017... operated 2A

 

Left to Right: VO1IDX, VO1EGH, VO1NC, VO1CBS, VO1DM, VO1VCE at VO1TAC

Situated at the navigational crossroads of the North Atlantic, the island of Newfoundland became a crucial link in communication between the New World and the Old in the 17th and 18th centuries. This strategic location also ensured that Newfoundland would play an important role in the global communications revolution which followed the invention of the electric telegraph in 1837. By mid-century, a vast network of telegraph lines connected the major population centres in Europe and on the North American mainland. The gulf between them of the 2,000 mile wide Atlantic ocean remained a major challenge to the science and enterprise of the Victorian era.

A trans-Newfoundland telegraph line with a submarine cable link across the Cabot Strait to Nova Scotia was projected in 1851 by Frederick Gisborne, an English telegraphic engineer. With Gisborne's bankruptcy three years later, responsibility for the project was assumed by an American syndicate headed by Cyrus W. Field. For Field, the Cabot Strait cable was simply a beginning: from the outset of his involvement in the enterprise he determined to complete a submarine trans-Atlantic cable line, connecting Europe and America via Newfoundland.

After one abortive attempt in the summer of 1855, Field's New York, Newfoundland and London Telegraph Co. succeeded in laying a submarine cable across the Cabot Strait in 1856. Also completed that year was the Company's trans-Newfoundland surface line. The entire operation, which established a telegraphic link between New York and St. John's, cost over a million dollars


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