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At the height of the Irish famine in 1847, thousands of
immigrants arrived aboard coffin ships, seeking refuge at the Port of
Montreal. Six thousand of those died of typhus and were buried in mass
graves and nearly forgotten.
Of those that survived, many settled in nearby
Griffintown, a shanty town on the banks of the Lachine Canal, where many found
work on the docks or in the associated industries that grew up around the
canal. When St. Ann’s Church was built in 1854, 1,300 Irish families were
settled in Griffintown and within a half-century, the community numbered
60,000, in addition to the Irish, many Italian and Ukrainian immigrants as well
as working-class Quebecois.
In 1963, the area was re-zoned as “Industrial” and a
project to build an expressway through the middle of the neighborhood hastened
its demise. By 1970 the population of Griffintown was under 1000.
St. Ann’s Church was demolished and the community was
littered with abandoned factories, parking lots and rubble. Today the
neighborhood is populated with upscale condominiums and Griffintown has receded
into distant memory.
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On Ocracoke Island is a small channel of water known as Teach’s Hole. This inlet is reported to be the spot where the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, preferred to anchor his ship. It’s also said to be where he met his end, and some say his ghost haunts the spot to this day.
Blackbeard roamed the Atlantic from around 1716 until 1718, robbing ships from the West Indies to the Carolinas. He had a reputation for unbridled ferocity. When Blackbeard went into battle, he strapped multiple pistols and multiple cutlasses to his body. Most frightening of all, he wove fuses into his long, black beard and set them on fire just before he stepped on to the captured ship. This towering figure, armed to the teeth, sporting a sparking, flaming beard must have been absolutely terrifying. Ships’ captains would surrender without a shot being fired.
is considered one of the most bewitched places in the world.
is located between Venenzia and the beach in front of Malamocco on the Orfano
canal. Its first inhabitants date back to 421 A.C. At that time the island was
a refuge for the populations of the present Trieste and Padua who sought
shelter from the barbarian invasions.The
period of peace in the Venetian lagoon is interrupted with the outbreak of the
Chioggia war of 1379. The year in which Venice was attacked by the Genoese
fleet and the inhabitants of Poveglia were moved and therefore the island
remained uninhabited for many years.In
1645, octagonal fortifications were erected by the Venetian government to
protect the entrances to the lagoon. In 1776, Poveglia became a main point for
the control of every single ship that entered the lagoon.Venice
was one of the cities most affected by the plague epidemic that hit the Italian
peninsula and in 1700 just because of the outbreak of the epidemic, the island
was transformed into a hospital or rather as an open-air cemetery where people
were confined and then go to die.The
island is 72,000 square meters and here people were still brought conscious and
left there to die. The bodies rotted in the streets and the atmosphere was of
pain and anguish. Every day new infected animals were brought to the island,
and bodies were burned or buried in mass graves. Often it was not even made a subdivision
between terminally ill and infected in the early stages.In
the subsoil of the island there are whole layers of corpses. In
1922 the buildings of the island were rebuilt to accommodate an old people’s
home according to official sources, but in reality it was a psychiatric
hospital where mental patients were treated as being unsuitable for normal
was also said that experiments were carried out on these people because being
mentally incapable they could be exploited or mistreated. In those years the
patients were subjected to “treatments” that today are considered
real torture: electroshock, baths in freezing water, lobotomies. many sufferers
said they saw strange shadows wandering in and out of the structure, though
obviously from the medical staff they were not believed. From
the second half of the 90s, the building was dismantled and the fate of the
health director was very macabre. The story says that he was tormented by the
island spirits until he went crazy and committed suicide from the island’s bell
tower. The legend says that a nurse who was nearby and who witnessed that crazy
gesture said that in reality the man did not die at the time of impact on the
ground but was suffocated by a strange fog after the fall. Today
Poveglia is closed to tourists and uninhabited, a valid permit is required to
access and visit it.
Image: The Isle of Poveglia. ( picture is not mine, credit to owner)