LONDON, ONT. - It's almost inconceivable that a town with as pleasant a name as Marystown could be associated with tragedy and destruction.
Located on the south coast of Newfoundland, on the Burin Peninsula, Marystown has a number of interesting distinctions, including being the eastern Canadian port designated by the Royal Navy during the Second World War as a site for minesweeper construction. It was also the site selected to evacuate the Royal Family and regroup the British Navy in the event of a German invasion of Britain. As well, in its long history of shipbuilding and fishing, Marystown has experienced a number of tragedies involving hometown sons, including in a summer gale in 1936 which resulted in the deaths of 25 local fishermen.
But, of course, not every story about Marystown has been a sad one. Some are great, including one unfolding this week at the world figure skating championships at Budweiser Gardens.