Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just how often did it blow?

Over the course of my research, some confusion has emerged over just how many times the mill whistle sounded in the past.

According to a virtual museum website created by the Corner Brook Museum & Archives, the whistle once sounded eight times each day. However, one of the individuals I interviewed (who worked in the mill as a young man) assures me that the most it sounded on a regular basis was seven times a day. He suggested: 6:45am, 7:00am, 7:45am, 8:00am; 12:00noon, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.

Of course, by the time I was old enough to recognize what the whistle was in the 1980s, it sounded only four times a day: 7:45am, 8:00am, 12:00noon, and 4:00pm. And now it sounds at 8:00am and 4:00pm.

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