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St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Peacetime Use

Utilisation en temps de paix

 
 
Peacetime Use Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
1. Peacetime Use Marker
Inscription. Caption, top, left (English / French): The importance of Signal Hill to St. John’s goes beyond its guns, signal masts and hospitals. Poet, songwriters and artists alike have celebrated the Hill’s timeless strength. It has become a proud symbol of endurance for the City below. / L’importance de Signal Hill pour St. John’s va bien au del de ses canons, de ses mâts de signalisation et de ses hôpitaux. Poètes, bardes et artistes ont immortalisé la résistance obstinée de ce massif rocheux, en faisant le symbole de l’endurance de la ville qu’il abrite.

Caption, bottom, right (English / French): The Hill is a natural assembly point for civic and national celebrations. In more quiet times its scenery, historic attractions and trails appeal to tens of thousands of visitors annually. / Signal Hill est un lieu de rencontre tour indique pour pique-niques et célébrations. Son panorama, ses hauts-lieux historiques et ses sentiers de randonnée attirent chaque année des dizaines de milliers de visiteurs.
 
Location. 47° 34.207′ N, 52° 40.921′ W. Marker is in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). Marker can be reached from Signal Hill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.
Signal Hill: 1941-45 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
2. Signal Hill: 1941-45
An adjacent panel.
Caption, bottom, left (English / French): Signal Hill, October 10, 1941. 500 American troops were stationed on Signal Hill in World War II. / Signal Hill, le 10 Octobre 1941. Cinq cents soldats américains furent stationnés sur Signal Hill au cours de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.
Caption, bottom, right (English / French): American Coastal Defence Battery / Batterie de défense côtière américaine.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Signal Hill (a few steps from this marker); Cabot Tower (a few steps from this marker); Noon Day Gun (a few steps from this marker); Fishery (within shouting distance of this marker); 1892: The Great Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Swiling (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice (within shouting distance of this marker); Transatlantic Radio Signals (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in St. John's.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the base of Cabot Tower in Signal Hill National Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada, History Parks Canada. Signal Hill has long been used for observation and communication. Here, signalmen surveyed the ocean for ships headed into St. John's harbour, years before the advent of ship-to-shore radio. From signal masts high atop the Hill, flags conveyed information on approaching vessels to military and mercantile interests in St. John's. Merchants then had plenty of time to prepare their docks for incoming vessels. (Submitted on November 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Peacetime Use Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
3. Peacetime Use Marker
Marker on the right.
1840s: Soldier’s Barracks / Casernes image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
4. 1840s: Soldier’s Barracks / Casernes
An adjacent panel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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