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Bleak House - Fogo

Home to one of the more prominent people in the history of Fogo, Bleak House represents the differences between the merchant class and the fishing class in the community from a century ago.

Built approx. 1816 for local merchant John Slade. The Slade family first became involved in the northern fishery around the middle of the eighteenth century. Nearly 50 years later they were the dominant employer in the Fogo Island fish trade, and their influence stretched into surrounding Notre Dame Bay and throughout Newfoundland.

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Marconi Interpretation Centre - Fogo

The Marconi Wireless Station, first opened in 1911, operated for 22 years, many of them as the sole messengers for the entire northern coast of Newfoundland, and part of Labrador. The station in Fogo, connected to an overland telegraph line, provided a vital service - for the first time in history, being able to communicate with mariners, and closing the informational gap between communities . It was also one of the first few stations to receive Titanic's distress signals after Cape Race, relaying S.O.S messages across to the coast to other ships in the area.

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