Thursday, September 20, 2018

CANADA ~ Cabot Tower - St. John's - Newfoundland & Labrador ~

... Great Tower view at the top of Newfoundland’s most famous Hill... a historic symbol and icon in impressive late-Gothic style... located at the highest point of "Signal Hill" it offers breathtaking 360-degree views of St.John's, and ocean vistas.... if time is right, you may watch whales or iceberg's from there....  home to the first wireless transatlantic communication by Marconi and a key location of Newfoundland & Labrador military and communications history... while it no longer functions as an active mast signaler, you can still see the tower’s history at the small museum display...  there are also plenty of trails for hiking... Big Thanks Glenn!! ヽ(ヅ)ノ(maybe a photo of you in the T-shirt?😉 )
Signal Hill overlooks the narrow entrance to St John's harbour. Cabot Tower is sitting on Signal Hill at an impressive 167 meters above sea level. Originally commissioned in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and also to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland (1497), the historic tower opened its doors in 1900.

Built of irregularly coursed red sandstone and composed of a two storey, 9.4m (30-foot), square structure with a three storey, 15.24m (50-foot) octagonal tower that stands on the southeast corner of the building. The attached tower houses the main entrance,

For 58 years, the tower was used for flag mast signaling as well as a Marconi wireless station, with the latter function continuing until about 1960. Beyond the tower’s general uses, perhaps its most historic moment came when Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal at a site very near Cabot Tower in 1901.

Cabot Tower became a “National Historic Site of Canada” in 1958.


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