Lighthouse History – 49 (1924-02-28 to 1925-03-10)

Lighthouse History – 49 (1924-02-28 to 1925-03-10)

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.


12 – Entire crew of Norwegian freighter Tatjana, a total wreck on Village I, Bamfield lifeboat rescues 7, and 21 make shore on Breeches Buoy…; Feb 28, 11 – phs/Barkley Sound thrives on herring harvest…; Feb 29, 1; 11 – dead reckoning errors fatal, crew to arrive in Victoria on HMCS Armentieres…; Mar 1, 5 – rescued crew reach shore by slender line… Victoria boy, Harry Brown, 19, hero of disaster…; Mar 6, 4 – wreck of Tatjana…; Mar 9, 14; 15 – Capt Chris Cholberg demands additional lighthouse at Barkley Snd… ph/wireless station and light at Pachena Pnt…; Mar 14, 17 – Tatjana in danger of splitting up…; Apr 2, 15 – Pacific Salvage Co will attempt to salvage [Village I]…; Apr 23, 17 – ph/Tees sails for wreck with more tackle…; May 6, 5 – more patches for salvaged Tatjana, reclaimed vessel anchored at Sechart…; May 9, 19 – ph/Tatjana starts on tow to Esquimalt…; May 10, 1 – arrives in tow of Tees and Nitinat, to be floated at drydock for survey…; May 15, 17 – rocks merciless with ship’s hull… needs 75 new plates…; May 16, 17 – 9 firms bid on contract…; May 21, 17 – decline all tenders for Tatjana repairs…; Jul 5, 15 – ph/Pacific Salvage Co will take over Tatjana…; Oct 8, 18 – photos/text…; Oct 25, 15 – ph/dent in hull… [Colonist, 1924-02-28, p. 1]


tug Bonilla, Capt McFarlane, breaks down 2 miles west of Carmanah lighthouse, is drifting landward… 5 men aboard Nitinat Cannery Co’s tug…; Dec 3, 5 – never any trouble… [Colonist, 1924-11-19, p. 1]


lighthouse tender Estevan finds black bear to replace former mascot big Dane dog Rastus which died 2 yrs ago. Maggie… [Colonist, 1924-12-27, p. 11]


schooner Raita is total wreck – crew rescued by Carmanah lighthousekeeper McNabb and linesman Alex Allan, Alexander McLennan, ex-linesman… Both HMCS Givenchy and the Bamfield lifeboat put out to give assistance, but the ship’s lifeboat with the crew was thrown ashore by the huge combers before either vessel could reach the scene… [Colonist, 1925-01-20, p. 17]


Died Jan 17, 1925 at Cape Beale lighthouse, BC, Daniel Logan, 72, native of Pictou County, NS, he had lived in Hawaii most of his life. He arrived at Honolulu in 1884 and made his home there until 1924. A journalist by occupation… Mrs P G Cox, wife of the lightkeeper at Cape Beale, is a daughter of Mr Logan. Three other daughters survive him: Mrs Annie McQueen, of Victoria; Mrs George Logan, and Miss Eole Logan of NY. He also leaves a son, James L, of Honolulu. [Colonist, 1925-02-17*]


Died by suicide Mar 8, 1925 at Esquimalt, BC, John Morgan, 54, native of Newcastle, England [Ire?], resident here 27 years, proprietor of the Coach & Horses Inn. He at one time operated the Belmont Saloon, later he moved to Duncan, where he ran the Quamichan Hotel. He had been operating the Coach & Horses for about 1 � years. At one time, during the days of the Klondike gold rush, he was mate on a northern river steamer, and it was while in the north that he met with the accident which resulted in the loss of one leg. 
He leaves his widow, 2 sons, 4 daughters, all residing at the Coach & Horses Inn, 2 sisters [Mrs (Capt) O’Brien, of Entrance Island lighthouse]. Pallbearers: J M Telfer, F Steitz, H Stencil, J Vale, J Knight, W Cottrell. Family plot, U 073 E 48. [Colonist, 1925-03-10*]



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