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by Paul Butler

A Night to Remember (1958)
A Night to Remember (1958)

This June the inlets, bays, and harbours of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula are surrounded by icebergs. Viewed from Signal Hill, the highest point of St. John’s, the bergs can conjure from the imagination anything from limestone rocks, to half submerged castles, to sun-bleached vertebrae of giant, mythological sea monsters.

     While floating ice is too contrary to yield consistent similes, all bergs possess the quiet, unearthly grandeur of the pole. They manage to be at once forbidding yet serene, and when a large berg cracks, the frigid air reverberates with a thunder-like growl. The most famous iceberg ever associated with Newfoundland was the one that sunk the great White Star Line passenger steamer Titanic on its maiden voyage.


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