Atlantic Canada, 2005

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We caught a bus downtown to explore Newfoundland's capital and took a cab (yes we cheated) to the top of Signal Hill, where we could see a layer of fog out over the Grand Banks.

The city was on alert waiting for Hurricane Irene to blast the oil rigs out where the fish used to be. The day's headlines were about all the vessels from a dozen countries caught out beyond the 200 mile limit, dragging nets along the bottom of the Banks to clean out what little life remains on what was once the world's densest fishery.

But we digress. Cabot Tower shown here was built atop Signal Hill in 1897 and has been a national historic site since 1958. The first wireless transmission from Europe was received here by Marconi in 1901.


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