Congratulations to the St. John’s Port Authority and Allan Byrne!

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has awarded the St. John’s Port Authority (SJPA) a 2016 Overall Award of Communications Excellence for the port’s 50th anniversary commemorative program. The SJPA’s winning submission consisted of a published oral history of the port (A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John’s by Allan Byrne) and the accompanying website (, a multimedia display of the last fifty years of port history.

Adapted from over a dozen recorded interviews with those who have most intimately seen and shaped the evolution of the Port of St. John’s, A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John’s is a unique glimpse into one of the most storied harbours in North America. Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the port’s incorporation under the federal government’s jurisdiction, this book traces the oral history of the port in the twentieth century with stories collected from Robert Innes, David Fox, John Crosbie, Miller Ayre, Captain Sid Hynes, Ches Sweetapple, Glenn Critch. Len Kenny, J. P. Andrieux, Ed Anthony, Albert Burgess, Bill Rompkey, and Rob Strong.

Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms, and individuals with an interest in seaports. Sponsored by the AAPA Public Relations Committee, the annual Communications Awards Program has recognized excellence in port communications since 1966. For more information please visit the AAPA website.