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Mise Tales Thirty-Eight

  For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One. As mentioned earlier on the front page of my website, any photos or cartoons, or short information will also be included again later in the next Misc Tales when it is removed from the front page. That way you can keep track of […]

Once Upon a Foggy Night . . .

Imagine you are a lighthouse keeper on the graveyard shift on a foggy night. All you hear are the diesel engines running, the foghorn blowing at intervals. As you stare out into the gloomy mist you hear this sound. It is a boat, but what kind of boat? What kind of motor? Many old-timers will recognize […]

Music – Lou Christie – Lighthouse (1971)

This song is from a terrific album: “Paint America Love” (1971). Very hard to find. One of the greatest records ever. A real oldie but goodie as they say. Music and lyrics from Wikifonia . . .  [media url=”http://lighthousememories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Lou-Christie-Lighthouse-.flv” width=”400″ height=”350″] (Possible)Related posts: Music Video – Lighthouse by Westlife Music Video – Roots – And No […]

Foghorns – In the Beginning Was the Diaphone . . .

Well, in the beginning was the Lightkeeper’s Voice, Fog Bell, Sirens, Dynamite, Cannons and other assorted methods, and then came the Hand Horn.  First of all was the Powers Brothers Hand Horn used in the days before mechanical equipment. Many were used up until the early 1950s. and were still kept on station in case of emergencies […]

Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape

 Foghorns and the Changing Coastal Soundscape Technology and politics are changing the tune of the maritime chorus April 20, 2012 | 3:46 PM | By Craig Miller and with thanks to Climate Watch Read the full text version of this story at KQED’s QUEST site. (more photos – retlkpr) East Brother Island, with the 19th-century lighthouse on the left and fog signal […]

‘F’ Type Diaphone Foghorn c. 1969

– John Coldwell (assistant Keeper to Walt Tansky on Pulteney Point 1969 – 1972) The diaphone is a unique organ pipe. The theory was based on a design for the Wurlitzer pipe organ invented by Robert Hope-Jones dating from 1895. A special tone generator in the organ involved a piston vibrating inside a cylinder, which […]

Music Video – Lighthouse by Westlife

 This song is by Westlife (Facebook link), a group that has been in the charts since 1998. It is from their final album “Greatest Hits” . The Irish group has said they will be splitting up after their final 2012 tour. The album contains some older songs and four new ones including this one called […]

Music Video – Roots – And No One’s In The Lighthouse!

 This song is from the album Undun by the Roots. It is called Lighthouse. The words to the chorus are interesting. Imagine lying in the ocean and seeing a lighthouse nearby and no one sees you because it is unmanned! Imagine the feeling of fear! Think automation? Unmanning lighthouses? No one’s in the lighthouseYou’re face […]

Travel – Australian Lighthouses

  I came across this article that shows the life on an Australian lighthouse starting in 1971. A wee bit different than Canada I must say.     What got my attention were the requirements for a lighthouse keeper: The job requirements of a lighthouse keeper were a car licence, an ability to climb to […]

Song – Lighthouse by Runrig (with videos)

A friend found this for me, and sent me the links. It is nice song, and the photos are so beautiful that I just had to share it. There are two versions with different photos. I have inserted the lyrics in between the two videos so they are available for both. The first video has […]