Sunday, March 16, 2014

Not one, not two, but three?

Back in September (2013) I met with a gentleman who works in the engineering department of the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill. He provided a lot of great information about the actual functioning of the whistle (including how many pounds of pressure it takes to operate the whistle, for example). During our conversation, I asked him to describe what the whistle looks like and, much to my surprise, he said there was more than one. At the time, he said he thought there were two and, given that there are two distinct pitches to the whistle when it blows, this seemed to make sense. I asked him for a photograph and he said he would snap one the next time he was up on the roof.

Weeks passed and I wondered if he’d forgotten about the photograph, but given that he had carefully noted the request in a small notebook, I did my best to be patient. And finally, one day, I found an email from him in my inbox. Attached was the much anticipated photograph of Corner Brook’s whistle. Never in all my imaginings did I come close to the image in front of me. Three whistles.

That, my friends, is it. That is the infamous “mill whistle” of Corner Brook. One large, two small.

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