There was a cruise ship in the City yesterday and I met a lovely couple from Kansas. Of course my very first question; with a warm smile on my face was "Have you ever met Dorothy N Toto"?? The wife's answer was "Oh Sure, they live just down the road from us". ha,ha They told me how much they were enjoying their trip, and went out of their way to compliment our "Very Friendly City" and I have to admit - It Is True. You may travel far and wide, but you will always feel the TRUE, SINCERE warmth of Saint Johners!!
|Painting by Homer Winslow|
A Celtic Cross is also located in St. Patricks Square beside "The Three Sisters" lamp. The cross is a small scale replica of one that was erected on Partridge Island in 1927 to commemorate the 2000 Irish immigrants who perished of typhus fever en route to New Brunswick, or on the island after arriving.
Partridge Island, known as "Canada's Emerald Isle", (24 acres), was the first quarantine station in Canada, used as early as 1785; receiving its largest influx of immigrants in the 1840's during the Great Famine in Ireland.
Although there is no public access to the Isle today, it is both a provincial and national historical site. Cruise ships, fishing boats and plain olde "Day Skippers" pass by the island every day. During WWII there were gunner stations posted on the Island to protect the city. The lighthouse is still in operation and is one of the largest in Canada.
p.s. I have some serious reading to do, as I haven't been online in Blogger World for a bit. I have got to read some of your great posts on the run. Love my iphone for keeping me in touch with each of you, when I am running about the countryside. Take care my friends in Bloggyland !