The Flags On Board The Ferry To Bell Island
While in St. John’s we took a short ferry ride over to Bell Island.
David In The Mine
From 1895 – 1966 over 78 million tons of ore was shipped from the world’s largest Submarine Iron Ore Mine. Yes, I said submarine mine. Most of the mine is under the ocean floor. The deposit contains an estimated 3 1/2 billion tons of iron ore in approximately 70 square miles, with only 10 square miles having been mined during its operation.
Miners were required to load a minimum of 10 cars of 1.8 tons capacity during their 10 hour shifts. Only making an average of 12.5 cents an hour. They used horses to haul the iron ore from the face of the wall to the main slope where the carts were then hoisted to the surface. Some horses worked as many as 16 years underground in the mines.
David And Brenda On The Mine Tour
It was very harsh conditions for very little pay. However, back then, their was not much of a choice.
We seemed to gravitate towards the cutouts of the mine workers. Too funny!
Beautiful Scenery And The Lighthouse On Bell Island
Their was a beautiful lighthouse in the tall grasses. Like a painting. Blue skies, puffy clouds. Very picturesque.