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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 […]

Vanishings – The Missing Lighthouse Keepers

These two tales on Youtube were brought to my attention. Quite the mystery!      (Possible)Related posts: A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers Lighthouse Keepers at Chrome Key in Two Rescues – special reprint Canadian Government Pension Plans for Retiring Lighthouse Keepers Powered by YARPP.

Who Says Lighthouses Are Old Fashioned?

  Can you imagine a lighthouse being used as an aeronautical beacon? Well there is one. It is in the United States at Boston’s Logan Airport and it uses the Boston Lighthouse as a visual marker for Visual Flight Rule (VFR) landings. See the copy of the aeronautical chart below: (Possible)Related posts: Travel – Australian […]

Doug Clement Photography

All photos copyright by Doug Clement Photography, and used with permission. Doug is a professional artist, videographer and photographer. He is a lifetime resident of Victoria and has been capturing its beauty on film for over 30 years. – from the Facebook page In my teenage years while attending High School and University, and before […]

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 […]

Lightkeepers to the Rescue – AGAIN!

  This is a past and very notable lifesaving rescue by two BC lightkeepers, Lynn Hauer and assistant lightkeeper Wolfgang Luebke who were at Chatham Point lighthouse at the time. ****************************** We sleep with the radios always on, and ‘with one ear open’. At 3 AM on April 30, 2012 I was awakened by the […]

Three Skeleton Key – A Lighthouse Play

  Three Skeleton Key is a one act play I have never heard about before today. It was written as a short story by George G. Toudouze and was first published in 1937 in English.   This is a short story about three men who operate a lighthouse miles offshore of the South American coast.  They love […]

Oops! What Happened to the Water?

A few days ago I posted an article on the lightkeepers being the eyes and ears of the BC coast. While writing it an incident was brought to my mind of my early days in 1977 on McInnes Island. We arrived on McInnes in August 1977 so this had to have happened in Spring 1978. Every […]

Reprint – DFO Shutting Down Coast Guard Radio Stations, but Prince Rupert’s Will Be Expanded

  I wrote an article on January 04, 2012 entitled MCTS To Lose Staff To Save Money. After that date, the department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO or F&O) have changed their plans. They are now closing whole stations instead of a removing a few men! The news article below is well written and explains what […]

A Trip by Helicopter up the West Coast to Carmanah Point 2006

 A trip by helicopter up the west coast of Vancouver island to Carmanah Point October 25, 2006  To see what part of the west coast of Vancouver island is like from the air, check out Mike Shepherd’s article Coast Guard Bell 212 Helicopter Trip.  There are some really nice shots of the Pacific Ocean and familiar lighthouses. – […]