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Blogs

The Vanlene and I

I received the following email the other day promoting an article on a friend’s website:  The freighter Vanlene ran up on the rocks on Austin Island in the Broken Group islands on March 14, 1972. She was carrying 300 Dodge Colt automobiles while enroute to Vancouver BC from Japan. The crew was rescued and taken […]

Risking it All – Oil on Our Coast

  Risking it All – Oil on our Coast is a short film that outlines the plans for the pipeline and tanker route and what it means for our beautiful coast. It is produced by Twyla Roscovich in association with Hartley Bay & Gitga’at Nation, Oil on our Coast is meant to inspire, empower and help fuel the […]

Save Canada’s Lighthouses

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association CALLING OUR CANADIAN FRIENDS – What do the Georgian Bay lighthouses at Killarney, Bustard Rocks, Gereaux Island, Pointe au Baril, Red Rock, Snug Harbour, Jones Island and Christian Island have in common? They are all timber frame structures and the Canadian Coast Guard has ignored the spirit of the Heritage […]

Howard Frazer Chamberlin Family Adventures c.1930s

– Narrated by Sharlene Macintosh with help from her cousin Zellie Chamberlin Sale (granddaughters of Howard Frazer Chamberlin, lighthouse keeper c. 1930 – 1941) My grandfather was Howard Frazer Chamberlin who was lightkeeper at a few lighthouses around Vancouver Island  – Nootka , Pine Island , Quatsino , Trial Island  come to mind – my Mom knows them all. His brother, Charles Benjamin […]

Was Nootka Lighthouse Also Attacked in WW2?

  Howard Frazer Chamberlin was on Nootka lighthouse in 1942 according to the interview by the Naval Reserve (see letters at left). But there is a problem here. When I received a copy of this letter I thought it was referring to the attack on Estevan Point which supposedly helped introduce conscription in Canada during […]

Why We Need MORE Lighthouses in British Columbia

One of the arguments for destaffing the lighthouses in British Columbia (BC), Canada is that they are no longer needed because all vessels have the Global Positioning System (GPS). Canadian mariners must move into the 21st Century they say! Have you ever looked at British Columbia? The size of British Columbia? British Columbia is the westernmost province of […]

Lighthouse Automation Could Loom Again

Harper will need to watch his backbench, by Stephen Maher Read the above article from the National Post online – September 16, 2011 – my condensed version below. – JAC On May 2, 2011, Harper’s Conservative Party won a majority government in the May 2011 federal election, by winning 166 seats. With this majority the Prime Minister (PM) can plan […]