Lighthouse History – 21 (1903-04-25 to 1904-04-17)

Lighthouse History – 21 (1903-04-25 to 1904-04-17)

The following extracts taken from early Victoria, British Columbia (BC) newspapers are credited to Leona Taylor for her excellent work in indexing the papers. Full information can be found here: “Index of Historical Victoria Newspapers“, 2007-09.


W P Daykin, of Carmanah Point, who came from the West Coast lighthouse with his son in an open boat in 45 hours, has been conducting some signalling experiments, using a 25-candle power incandescent light. Mr Daykin sent messages from the vicinity of the Marine hospital, which were received by Mr E J Haughton of the Canadian Pacific Railway telegraph staff, without difficulty. Mr Daykin, who has had long experience in signalling in connection with his extended lighthouse service, has invented a new system of signalling by night, using the Morse code. In the past signals have been sent by flashes and fixed glares of a white light, but Mr Daykin has substituted a red light, by placing a red glass in front of the light, for the dash, thus avoiding confusion which has occurred in the past regarding the duration of the dot or dash shown by the white light. [Colonist, 1903-04-25]


 Notice is given in the official Gazette that Lennard I lying on the West side of Templar Channel, eastern entrance to Clayoquot Sound is reserved and set apart for use of the Dominion government for lighthouse purposes. [Colonist, 1903-05-29]


….West Coast Vancouver Island. At the present time there is in existence on over 500 miles of dangerous coast practically only 2 lighthouses and 5 buoys. 
In regard to the placing of the most urgent lights, buoys and fog horns, would recommend as follows: 
1. Fog alarms at Cape Beale lighthouse. 
2. Referring to Templar Channel, the eastern entrance to Clayoquot Sound, would say that though a site for a lighthouse was cleared on Lennard I in the early part of the year, no further progress has been made in building. 
3. Lighthouse on eastern point near Hesquoit. 
4. The light on Great Bear Rock western channel of Barkley Sound, with sectors at, or at some suitable point so as to aid the navigation of this channel and the entrance of Ucluelet harbour. 
5. Clayoquot Sound, several buoys could be placed to advantage, as there are numerous rocks and shoals. 
6. North and South danger rocks, mouth of Quatsino Sound, should be buoyed. 
7. Fog alarm or automatic buoys at entrance of San Juan Harbour. 
8. Beacon built, or large buoy on end of spit, at western side of entrance to Hesquoit Harbour. 
9. Lighthouse, Entrance I, mouth of Quatsino Sound. 
10. Lighthouse, Lookout I, western entrance to Kyuquot. [Colonist, 1903-09-30]


Council of Trade minutes: …The secretary was instructed to wait on Captain Gaudin and ascertain if it is possible to proceed with a lighthouse on Lennard I earlier than next spring. [Colonist, 1903-11-04]


Dominion Government Steamer Quadra, which will be commissioned for service on Mar 1, will be immediately sent to replace the buoys which have been carried away from their positions by the recent bad weather. In the spring she will carry the necessary building material down the coast for the construction of the new lighthouse on Lennard I, at the entrance to Clayoquot Sound, this work the Department of Fisheries having decided to undertake just as soon as the weather permits. [Colonist, 1904-02-12]


Dominion Government Steamer Quadra will be sent to the West Coast of this island as soon as she returns with building material for the newlighthouse to be built on Lennard I. This station is to be one of the finest on the coast, and it will have a light that will be seen for probably 20 miles at sea. [Colonist, 1904-04-17]

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