The City of Mount Pearl has a surprisingly rich history to discover. Follow the story of Commander James Pearl from his naval exploits over 200 years ago to his settlement in what is now the City of Mount Pearl. Learn about our place in communications and aviation history, our role in the Great War and the many events leading up to the formation of the city we know today.
With the outbreak of the First World War, radio was proven to be an invaluable communication device for both intelligence reporting and weather purposes. It was for these reasons that the British Royal Admiralty set up 13 wireles stations all over the world. H.M. Wireless Station Mount Pearl was one of them.
This exhibit commemorates the disaster of the S.S. Florizel in 1918. When the Bowring Brother's steamer ran aground at Horn Head on the southern shore of Newfoundland, the H.M. Wireless Station Mount Pearl received the S.O.S. transmission for help. Ninety-three crew and passengers perished, while 44 were miraculously rescued after 27 hours spent braving punishing seas and bitter cold. The exhibit features artifacts from the wreck, a scale-model replica of the S.S. Florizel and a full sized reproduction of the ship's Marconi Wireless House.
This exhibit is dedicated to the the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reservists who trained on the H.M.S. Calypso for a few weeks before being sent out on active duty. Some reservists performed home defense duties such as guarding and operating this H.M. Wireless Station during the First World War. Find out more about these individuals and their lives here at the station in this new exhibit!
Come visit our Commanding Officer’s sitting room, a period room, decked with artefacts from the early 1900’s when the Royal Naval Reserve occupied H.M. Wireless Station Mount Pearl.
From Samuel Morse to Guglielmo Marconi to Reginald Fessenden, there were a lot of powerful contributors to the advancement of communications. Find out more about the developemnt of communications technologies and the ingenious people who helped make modern technology what it is today!