The giant monolith of a building that eclipsed a lot of the Grand Falls Mill housed “Moby Joe.” “Moby Joe” was a paper machine named for a whale, and the building that housed it “Number 3 Machine room” was one whale of a building.
Having never worked in the mill and not being from a family of mill workers (the last person in my family to work for A.N.D finished in 1951), I am a little ignorant of how many paper machines were operating at any one time at Grand Falls. I do know that a machine was shut down in 1989 (Number 6) and in the later years of operation during the 1990’s and early 2000’s there two were two machines in operation, one of which was Moby Joe, which was installed in 1968. The other it seems was noted as “Number 7” which was the newest of the machines recorded in 1966, which was shut down in 2005.The Rock, paper Scissors
Luckily, my information up until the 1960’s is better than what I have for later years. I currently don’t have the speed or wire width for Moby Joe, or know if there were any additional machines installed after 1968 ( I do not believe there was). In 1966 the following machines were at the Grand Falls paper mill.
There are pictures of a paper machine aboard flatcars being shipped out of Botwood that were noted to have been “Number 1 being shipped to Jamaica.” I could not find any record of there ever being a newsprint mill in Jamaica, so if it went down there it is likely the experiment was not a success. I am not sure if the machine might have been re-purposed in any way, I do know that toilet paper and cardboard appear to be produced domestically in Jamaica. Most likely, the installation of Moby Joe allowed for the closure of some of the older machines without a loss in production, I am unsure of which machines though.
I am still looking for the particulars of when most of the the machines were shut down at the Grand Falls Mill. In particular I am looking for when 2,3, 4, and 5 machines ceased operation. I do know that the Number 6 was shut down in November of 1989 and that another machine was shut down in 2005, four years before the entire operation shut down. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.