Heart’s Content Cable Station celebrates milestone
The world cheered as the undersea communications cable connecting North America and Europe was finally hauled ashore at Heart’s Content on July 27, 1866.
Last Wednesday, 145 years later, the Heart’s Content Cable Station celebrated this milestone yet again.
The guest speaker, Ted Rowe, grew up in Heart’s Content, but left when he was 16. Following a career as a university professor, real estate broker and musician, he now lives in St. John’s.
Heroes and rogues
Rowe, who is a published author, used the occasion to officially launch his latest book, “Heroes and Rogues and the Story of Heart’s Content.”
While researching his first book, “ Connecting the Continents: Heart’s Content and the Atlantic Cable,” Rowe read about individuals who, in his words, “can only be described as rogues.”
His latest book, which he calls a “community history,” incorporates the stories of some of the rogues he discovered.
He piqued his audience’s attention by discussing three of the personalities in his book — Henry Lind, Frank Smart and Hugh Facey — leaving it to them to place them in either the hero or rogue camp.
Rowe’s working on another book idea. However, he refused to divulge
the topic, for fear the project doesn’t come to fruition. One thing is known: “I think we’ve about covered Heart’s Content,” he says.
Live entertainment on the station grounds was provided by John and the Boys, made up of Chris Snelgrove, Howard Sooley, John Warren and Doug Card. Snelgrove, Sooley and Card are from Heart’s Delight, and Warren is from Heart’s Content.
Contacting the world
The Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club station has a permanent presence at the Heart’s Content cable station.
“ Various members drop in whenever they have a chance,” says club treasurer Rendyl Godwin. “ If propagation and atmospheric conditions are good, I can potentially make contacts with people throughout the world. “
The hobby is made personal for the curious visitor who wants to get involved.
“ If somebody’s interested, we can put them on the air,” Godwin says, adding, “as long as there’s a licensed amateur physically here.”
Provincial historic sites manager Gerry Osmond referred to the event as “truly a community event. People come out and really appreciate this building and what it did in the community.”
Ted Rowe signing a copy of his latest book, “Heroes and Rogues and the Story of Heart’s Content,” for Dorothy Sinyard.
Rendyl Godwin, treasurer of the Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club, gives a demonstration.