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Saint Lawrence

St. Lawrence is a Canadian town located on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador. As of 2011, the population of St. Lawrence was 1,244. Popular family names in the town include Slaney, Pike, Lake, Drake and Edwards.HistorySt. Lawrence's economy was primarily based on fishing until the recent collapse of North American cod stock. In 1992, the Canadian federal government implemented a moratorium on cod fishing, bringing an end to the longstanding industry.A Fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence was also once a major employer in the community until 1978, when the mine was closed by Alcan. In 2011 Canada Fluorspar Inc. outlined preparations to open a fluorspar mine on the site of the old mine. As of early 2012 construction had begun on a deep water wharf at Blue Beach.A wind project has recently been initiated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for St. Lawrence. The project has resulted in the installation of nine Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines.U.S.S. Pollux and U.S.S. TruxtunOn February 18, 1942, more than 200 American sailors died when the USS Truxton ran aground near Chambers Cove and the USS Pollux ran aground at Lawn Point. The Lanier Phillips Story In 1992, a memorial entitled 'Echoes of Valour' was erected in dedication of the mining industry in St. Lawrence, the sailors who died in the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux disaster, and those who lost their lives in the World Wars.
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