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New Lighthouse Photos of Langara Island Lighthouse

The following photos were sent to me by David F. Pearce for publication here. Please respect his copyright. You may download the photos for your own photo collection, but they are NOT to be reposted to another website. Thanks – retlkpr Click on the photos for a larger version. (Possible)Related posts: New Lighthouse Photos of […]

Light at the End of the World

Light at the End of the World Three Months on Cape St. James, 1941 by Hallvard Dahlie (orig from Raincoast 18, 1998) with notes from Jim Derham-Reid (last keeper on Cape St. James before automation) A strange interlude in my brief seafaring life took place in the fall of 1941, when I signed on as […]

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 […]

McInnes Island Lighthouse – a Tale from the 1950s

  I published a report January 04, 2012 on the building of McInnes Island lighthouse in 1953 based on the adventures of Ken Stewart who was part of the construction crew. I updated that post later with more information in the form of a PDF file. When I arrived with my family in the winter […]

Lighthouse History – 51 (1927-02-04 – 1927-06-29)

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. Please Note: December 20, 2012 – I am continuing the series with this Lighthouse History #51 because the newspapers have now been indexed up […]

Visiting the BC Coast Lighthouses

Do you want to visit some of British Columbia lighthouses? A lot of them are isolated, but there are a few that tourists can easily see. Some of these are manned; some are automated. One of the best websites for finding the location of the  lighthouses is Ron Ammundsen’s Lighthouses of British Columbia website. On […]

Chris Mills – Canadian Lighthouse Photographs

  Canadian Lighthouse Photographs New website is coming.http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/ketm/is no longer online.  Chris Mills1121 Ketch Harbour Rd.Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia  B3V 1K7     British Columbia | Nova Scotia | Prince Edward Island | New Brunswick | Newfoundland Chris Mills served as a lighthouse keeper for the Canadian Coast Guard on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He is currently co-chair of a committee […]

Reprint – Finders Keepers

Finders keepersPublished: 31/07/2012 with permission from the Aberdeen Press and Journal Earlier this month, we revealed that the Northern Lighthouse Board was selling off three lighthouses near Stonehaven, Lossiemouth and Thurso, with price tags ranging from £75,000 to £270,000 – along with a foghorn at Girdleness, in Aberdeen.All the buildings, once a beacon for sailors […]

Reprint – A Light on the Past

A light on the past with permission from Rosalind Duane, North Shore News, August 05, 2012 ELAINE Graham was raised in the slums of London, far from the multi-hued green of nature. “There was nothing on my street when I was growing up,” she recalls. “I had lots of play-friends, loads of kids to play with, […]

Schooling on the Sisters Lighthouse c. 1927

This story is not only about schooling! This is the whole family helping out to run the lighthouse while tending to daily living. Life on the lighthouse in the early days was anything but fun! – retlkpr ************************* – Elizabeth Kate (Stannard) Smithman (Wife of Henry Herbert Smithman who was Senior Keeper at Sisters Island […]