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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 […]

Reprint – Sentinels Encased in Ice

Sentinels Encased in Ice by Elinor DeWire from WeatherWise November-December 2011      The ice was here, the ice was thereThe ice was all around;I t cracked and growled, and roared and howledLike noise in a swound…—Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner Caption: St. Joseph Pierhead in Michigan as it appeared on December […]

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.

What a Nice Christmas Present

What a nice surprise! Today on Facebook the lighthouse keeper, Colin Toner, who is residing at my old workplace at McInnes Island posted a fantastic video of the lighthouse. Please watch in full screen to get the full effect. Watch as the MBB105 helicopter approaches the island in the rain. You can see the rain […]

Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP)

  What do you think a lighthouse keeper would do if he spotted this floating on the ocean in front of his lighthouse? My first reaction would be to run and call for help! This article came from the Military Photography website on Facebook with credit to  Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Launched in 1962, the […]

The Lighthouse of Maracaibo

  What is the Lighthouse of Maracaibo? Where is it? Well, first of all it is not a lighthouse, so if you are not interested please continue on to another article, but I think you will find this fascinating. View Larger Map Why is then called a lighthouse? Well, it can be seen from many […]

Reprint – “Stand” – An Adventure Documentary

  Stand – Power Teaser  [media url=”http://vimeo.com/52119128″ width=”400″ height=”350″] [private]http://lighthousememories.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Vimeo-.mp4[/private]  from b4apres media PLUS   STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman, will take viewers on a journey through the waters of B.C.’s west coast. Through the stories of an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards as a form of protest, the efforts of expedition stand-up […]

Another Lighthouse Destroyed by the Sea! 1967

  On February 18, 1967 at 00:30 hours, a giant wall of water slammed into Pine Island, destroying buildings and washing away equipment and personal possessions. [B&W photo left] The following article describes it well.(If anyone knows the author, or or where this article came from, please let me know so I can give credit. […]

Return to Sisters at Christmas c. 1927

– as written by Elizabeth Kate (Stannard) Smithman (Wife of Henry Herbert Smithman who was Senior Keeper at Sisters Island 1927 – 1929) We were there [Nanaimo, BC ] nearly three weeks and it was two days before Christmas then. I wanted to be back on the lighthouse for Christmas as Bert was there with […]

A Trip to Scarlett Point c. 1973

– as told to me by Jean (Bartle) Konkle (daughter of relief keeper Albert Bartle) I remember going to Scarlett Point one Easter Weekend, the first time we (my husband Rodger and I) had been there. We traveled ten long dusty hours up mostly gravel road to Port Hardy . There we planned to catch […]