After far too long a time, I am happy to say that I now have a new computer, and can finally spend some time updating the site. Over the past few months, many of you have sent in comments, photos and other materials of interest, which I hope to get uploaded to the site in short order. Please take a few minutes to browse through our comments section to see just who's been visiting the site. More to come.
Military Service Record
The Port Albert Project has been able to acquire the complete service record of Private Thomas Mercer, who was tragically killed in action on 11 April 1916.
WARNING - ALERT!!
Since updating the site, I have noticed that there are a number of 'links' being inserted into the website that I did NOT include in the design. You will be able to identify them from their green colouring, and a double underlining. These links are NOT endorsed or supported by The Port Albert Project. Please use caution if linking to any of them.
Your Opinion Please
A number of visitors have asked whether it would be possible to publish the email addresses of those folks submitting photos and/or other information, so that they can more easily get in contact with those individuals. Write us and let us know your thoughts on whether you'd be willing to have your email addresses posted.
To the "unofficial" homepage for Port Albert, Newfoundland, Canada, formerly known as Little Beaver Cove. It is hoped that you will take some time to browse through the various sections, and learn about the community that over the years has seen both good times and bad, watched families come and go, been witness to the birth of her children and in due time, mourned in their passing. She has given her young men to war, from which some never returned.
Her hills have been ravaged by fire, and she has been a mute witness to the death of a great fishery. No longer can one freely catch what was her life's blood, the once bountiful Atlantic cod. No longer can one hear the sounds of the motor boats leaving the harbour in the pre-dawn hours, taking their crews out to harvest the ocean's bounty.
And now, like so many outport communities along Newfoundland's rugged coastline, she is slowly dying. Her young people have left in search of employment. No longer is there a school. A place that once boasted two shopkeepers now has none. Yet, in spite of all the hardships, people have stayed, and not only have they stayed, but they have perservered. It is to everyone, past and present who has ever called Port Albert home, or has walked upon her hills or strolled along her beaches that this site is dedicated.
This Site Is Your Site
Hopefully, this site will be different from other websites that you may have visited in the past. The intention is to offer a forum whereby you can contribute towards the ongoing evolution of the site, and use it as a place to connect with your past. All contributions are welcomed, whether they be photos, oral tradition or in written format. As more material is received, you will be able to find it posted within our pages. In other words, you will need to come back often so that you can keep up with all the latest happenings.
Seek, And Ye Shall Find
There is a saying that goes... "A stranger is a friend that you haven't met yet!". When it comes to the people of Port Albert, there are no strangers here... just friends.
Perhaps your "roots" trace back to Port Albert, but you have never been here. If that's the case, then let this website be a portal to your past, and an invitation to come and visit. You might "find" some long lost relative, or maybe even that "missing piece of the puzzle" that you've been looking for. In any case, take some time to look up some old friends, or to perhaps discover some new ones. So come in, look around and acquaint or re-acquaint yourself with a wonderful community and some very fine Newfoundland folk, and perhaps discover a part of your past that you didn't even know existed!