In 1812 Mr. H. C. Watts asked Governor Duckworth to give Carbonear three guns to protect itself from American privateers. The biggest gun was called "Watts Long Tom" and was mounted on Harbour Rock Hill. Today two cannons can be seen on Harbour Rock Hill.
Cannon on Harbour Rock Hill
Salt Fish Trade
From the beginning of settlement in Carbonear fishing families and merchant families were involved in the salt fish trade. Fishing families caught and dried the cod in the summer and then traded it for what they needed from merchants to survive over the winter. Schooners took the dried fish to Europe, Brazil and the West Indies. There it was traded for such things as salt, molasses, coal and manufactured goods. These were resold in other ports or taken back for use by residents of Newfoundland.
Residents of Carbonear in the 19th and early 20th century had to import much of what they needed from over seas by ocean going ships. This ocean trade, called "Going Foreign," depended on strong ships which were crewed by stronger men. At that time more captains from Carbonear participated in the "Going Foreign" trade, than from any other Newfoundland outport. (Outport is the name given to any settlement in Newfoundland located on the coastline outside St. John's.)
From the mid 1800's right up to the beginning of World War II, Carbonear schooners and their crews took enormous risk battling stormy weather, rough seas, injury, illness and, during World War I, hostile enemy submarines. Many died, but a large number were able to return home safely.
The Carbonear Heritage Society has collected stories of these heroic seafarers and artifacts related to ‘Going Foreign' trade.
Tool Kit for Sail Repair Old Post Office Museum
In the town's three museums, the Railway Station Museum, the Rorke Store Museum, and the Old Post Office Museum, the story of its historic conctributions is told. In additon, the town offers guided walking tous in the summer during which student actors participate in enactments of historic events.
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