Cape Spear is North America’s most easterly point. It lies just a few miles southeast of St. John’s. The light house is surrounded by remains of World War II gun batteries.
Petty Harbor is a small fishing village just South of St. John’s. A local fisherman came out to talk to several of us on the caravan showing us a picture of the harbor in the 1940’s. Newfy’s love to talk and we love to listen.
Reenactment of a battle (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) in the late 1700’s.
Signal Hill is on the northeast side of St. John’s and gives stunning views back across the city, down the coast, and out into the Atlantic Ocean. It served as part of a British signaling system in the 1700’s. News of friendly or hostile ships was flagged from Cape Spear to Signal Hill, where the message was conveyed to Ft. William in town. Cabot Tower was built in the 1800’s on top of Signal Hill.
The Veiled Virgin is located in the convent at the Basilica Cathedral in St. John’s. The Beautiful marble statue of the Virgin Mary was imported from Rome in 1856. It was sculptured by the internationally acclaimed Italian sculptor, Giovanni Strazza (1818-1875) from Milan. His work may be seen in the Vatican and also in the Cathedral at Milan. The nuns graciously allow visitors inside the convent to see this beautiful sculpture and other art work and furnishings from the 1800’s when the convent was built.