- Botwood, Newfoundland and Labrador
official_name = Botwood
settlement_type = Town
image_caption = The newly constructed Botwood Railway, ca. 1908.
pushpin_label_position = left
pushpin_map_caption = Location of Botwood in Newfoundland
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = NL
subdivision_type3 = Census division
subdivision_name3 = 6
area_total_km2 = 15.05
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 3,052
population_density_km2 = 202.8
utc_offset = -3:30
timezone_DST = Newfoundland Daylight
utc_offset_DST = -2:30
latd = 49
latm = 09
lats = 00
latNS = N
longd = 55
longm = 22
longs = 00
longEW = W
elevation_m = 41
postal_code_type = Postal code span
postal_code = A0H
area_code = 709
website = http://www.town.botwood.nl.ca
footnotes = Botwood is a town in north-central Newfoundland,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is in Division No. 6, in the Bay of Exploits. A seaportacts as the community's chief employer, exporting news print for Abitibi Consolidated. Oil products such as gasoline, asphalt, and heating oilare imported and stored in large tanks throughout the community. Self-unloading bulk carriers also deliver road salt to Botwood for use on Newfoundland's highway system in the winter months. The Canadian Coast Guardhas several ships stationed at Botwood (" CCGS Terry Fox", "Henry Larsen", "Ann Harvey", and the "Des Groseilliers") to aid in search-and-rescue and ice breaking.
In 1908 construction began on the Botwood Railway, running between Grand Falls and Botwood. It was a joint effort between the A.N.D. Company and the A. E. Reed Company of Bishop's Falls. It was to be the transportation link for the export of pulp and paper from the newly built mill at Grand Falls. The railway became operational by the fall of 1909, and the first shipment of paper from the new mill was sent in February of 1910. The A.N.D. Company took control of the railway operation in 1910, just a year after the line was completed.
The first aircraft facilities to be established in Botwood was by Newfoundland born Captain
Sydney Bennett(1897 - 1945) and Australian-born Major Sidney Cotton(1894 - 1969). It became host to many dignitaries and celebrities, some as part of official delegations and others who were stalled there waiting out inclement flying weather. Among those were Charles Lindberghand his wife Anne Morrow Lindberghin 1933. Both Franklin Delano Rooseveltand Winston Churchillovernighted at Botwood. Bob Hopeand his troupe were stormbound there in 1943 and performed for the RCAF Coastal Command.
From 1937 to 1945, both
Pan Amand the British Overseas Airways Corporationused Botwood as a terminal for their Atlantic Crossings. On June 27, 1939the "Yankee Clipper" left Botwood for the first Trans-Atlantic Passenger flight to Foynes, Ireland.
From the outbreak of
World War II, 1940-1945, the Royal Canadian Air Forcechanged Botwood into a patrolling and bombing seaplanebase, home to two squadrons of PBY Canso flying boats equipped with torpedoes and depth charges. A large concrete slipway, two hangars, a tarmacand four bunkerswere constructed. The Canadian Army was garrisoned in the town, the army built barracks, a water system, and a full scale military hospital. The army was responsible for the manning of gun batteries at Philip's Head and Wiseman's Cove that protected the entrance to Botwood Harbor with 14" guns, as well as numerous anti-aircraft batteries throughout the community. At the war's end Botwood had been home to some 10,000 Canadian and British personnel and had become Canada's most important over-seas base.
In 1942, 11 United States military personnel died when their
Sikorsky VS-44flying boat, the " Excalibur", crashed and sank in the Bay of Exploits shortly after takeoff from Botwood.
According to the
Canada 2006 Census: [ [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?B1=All&Code1=1006022&Code2=10&Custom=&Data=Count&Geo1=CSD&Geo2=PR&Lang=E&SearchPR=01&SearchText=Botwood&SearchType=Begins Population and dwelling counts] ]
*% Change (2001-2006): -5.2
*Area (km².): 15.05
*Density (persons per km².): 202.8
Northwest: Point Leamington North: Northern Arm Northeast: Bay of Exploits, Burnt Arm, Laurenceton West: Division No. 6, Subd. C Botwood East: Bay of Exploits, Division No. 6, Subd. A Southwest: Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls-Windsor South: Peterview, Division No. 6, Subd. D Southeast: Bay of Exploits, Norris Arm
List of cities and towns in Newfoundland and Labrador
* [http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AAII/00ba/Exhibits/English/ Botwood - History of an Airport]
* [http://www.transatlanticflightpby.com/ Transatlantic Re-enactment Flight]
* [http://town.botwood.nl.ca/ Welcome to the Town of Botwood]
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