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“There are far too many Canadian history books where our history starts at 1949. But…our contribution to the war was huge – the contribution of this city was huge. St. John’s harbour was, arguably, the most important port for the Canadian Navy in the east.
” – William Rompkey
“The reason for St. John’s being here is the port. We’re the nearest point to England and Europe and those markets, and it’s our strategic position. We’re damn lucky to have it here.” – John Crosbie