Happy Birthday, Bertie

At 10:48 a.m. on November 9, 1841, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was born in Buckingham Palace, London.   He was the eldest son and second child of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He was christened Albert Edward at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on January 25, 1842, named Albert … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Bertie

Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

On May 10, 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived off the coast of Newfoundland following a 20-day voyage from Saint-Malo, France, accompanied by two ships and 61 men. He had been commissioned by King François of France to search for a passage to Cathay (the Orient), either around or through the New World. If no route could be found, then Cartier was to seek out riches, … Continue reading Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

S.S. Caribou was a Newfoundland Railway passenger ferry that ran between Port aux Basques, in the Dominion of Newfoundland, and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, between 1928 and 1942. During the Battle of the St. Lawrence, the ferry was attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-69 in October 1942, while traversing the Cabot Strait as part of her three weekly SPAB convoys. As a civilian … Continue reading The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

On February 10, 1840, Her Majesty Alexandrina Victoria — Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland — married her first cousin, Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel — Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They were each 20 years old at the time with Queen Victoria three months older than Prince Albert. For her wedding — held at St. James’s Palace in the City of Westminster — Victoria … Continue reading The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

Newfoundland #270 (1947)

Newfoundland #270 (1947)

Newfoundland was a British dominion from 1907 to 1949. It was situated in northeastern North America along the Atlantic coast and comprised the island of Newfoundland and Labrador on the continental mainland to the northwest, with a combined area of 157,500 square miles (405,212 square kilometers). The dominion’s seat of government was the city of St. John’s. Before attaining dominion status, Newfoundland was a British colony, self-governing … Continue reading Newfoundland #270 (1947)