Afternoon return to Cape Spear—New Lighthouse
Our van tour may seem a little redundant, as we returned to Cape Spear later that afternoon on our way back to St. John. But the advantage to making the same stop at different times is different lights and shadows. You’ll see more of what I mean on Wednesday with additional photos of the Old Lighthouse at Cape Spear, but until then the photo above is of the New Lighthouse there. Below are views of St. John’s taken from a distance:
Basilica of St. John the Baptist
St. John’s from a distance
One of our afternoon stops was in an absolutely charming and colorful fishing community on the outskirts of St. John’s known as Quidi Vidi, pronounced by locals as ‘Kiddy Viddy’:
A popular dog breed in Newfoundland, as you may have guessed by now, is the Newfoundland, or ‘Newfie’ as it is sometimes called. These guys are simply massive, but every one we encountered seemed incredibly fond of people and wanting of attention:
Heading back into St. John’s we made a stop on colorful Water Street for some picture taking opportunities:
Water Street, St. John’s
Water Street, St. John’s
But the highlight of the afternoon was, in my view, Quidi Vidi with a dramatic stone cliff backdrop:
Quidi Vidi panorama
I present to you Part 2 of my three-part series of Newfoundland favorites:
Old Number 906
St. John’s Rainbow of Color
Our tour van made a rather long trek up Signal Hill overlooking St. John’s, Newfoundland, with several stops along the climb. One of these stops was at the Johnson Geo Centre, from which there were some great views of St. John’s and the Basilica of St. John the Baptist:
View of St. John’s from near Johnson Geo Centre
View of Basilica of St. John from near Johnson Geo Centre
At the crest of Signal Hill you’ll find Cabot Tower.
And as we trekked up the hill from the parking lot, we came across this little fellow, one of two dog breeds associated with this area:
If you thought the views from the Johnson Geo Centre farther down the hill was good, take a look at this image of the Fort Amherst Lighthouse, which includes the former fort’s gun emplacements and pillboxes:
Fort Amherst Lighthouse
But let’s get back to that magnificent Cabot Tower. This impressive stone structure was completed in 1900, and it was built to commemorate both Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland.
It is here at Cabot Tower that a momentous event occurred in 1901. Sending aloft by kite a 500-foot antenna cable, the company owned by Guglielmo Marconi purportedly managed to receive the first transatlantic radio signal. This signal originated from the Marconi Wireless Station in Poldhu, Cornwall some 2,200 miles/3,500 kilometers distant. The message was a simple Morse Coded letter ‘S’.