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Reprint – Lighthouses To Get a Facelift

If India can do it, why cannot Canada? India is refurbishing thirteen (13) lighthouses! Canada is demolishing hundreds! Why is India doing it? For tourism! Tourism is not important to Canada?  India is doing this even though they have just installed a new Automatic Identification System (AIS) for most vessels on their coast. Lighthouses are […]

Reprint – Our Ocean Backyard – Invasion from the Sea

As a lighthouse keeper, we watched every Winter and Spring for “Asian” debris to wash ashore around our lighthouse. Mainly we were interested in the glass fishing floats, but we came across hundreds of items every year, and this was in the years 1977 – 2001. Every piece of this debris was usually coated with […]

For Sale – Piram Island, near Ghogha, India, with Lighthouse

I really do not know how these keep coming up, but here is a real island in the Gulf of Khambhat, India, and it is for sale! It tunrs out that it is an island full of fossil dinosaur eggs, giraffe and gigantic turtles. The owner Siddhrajsinh Raol has put the island up for sale at an […]

Reprint – Taiwan – Twelve Lighthouses to Brighten Up Visitors’ Travels From June 30

I still do not know all, but on August 19, 2011 I wrote How many Countries in the World Have Manned Lighthouses?  Today, June 07, 2012, I found an article that states that Taiwan has 34 lighthouses, and according to my friend Lighthouse Ghost, at least one of these is manned, Pengchia. Below is the article […]

Reprint – The Great Pacific Garbage Reality

May 27, 2012 – copied from the LA Times The great Pacific garbage reality. It’s not tsunami debris we should fear; it’s the trash clogging our oceans – Usha Lee McFarling I received permission today to reprint this article written by Usha Lee McFarling supporting the theory expressed in my story  Japanese Debris On The BC Coast – […]

Reprint – Capturing The Beauty of Capitancillo Islet In Pictures

  The story and photos below are from the blog of a friend of mine in the Philippines, Cebu Experience, by Rusty Ferguson. I met Rusty in Bogo, Philippines on my six week trip there as a tourist in 2010. From the balcony of my room in the Nailon Beach Resort (marked with the red A […]

The Lighthouse as a Sovereignty Symbol

In the early days of exploration a flag of ownership was placed upon new-found-lands to claim ownership, even though on the other side of the island, or bay there may have been another flag from a different country. One problem with a flag – it doesn’t last very long. But build a lighthouse and claim […]

Mise Tales Five

If you do not know what Mise Tales are then please see Mise Tales One.   From the Cape Breton Post Canada’s First Lighthouse is a Long Way from its Glory Days. Historic Louisburg lighthouse on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia is another Canadian lighthouse declared surplus by Fisheries and Oceans and in need of repair and […]

The Great Pacific Running Shoe Search

In late [27th] May of 1990, the container vessel Hansa Carrier encountered a severe storm in the north Pacific Ocean (approx. 48°N, 161°W) on its passage from Korea to the United States. During the storm, a large wave washed twenty-one (21) forty foot (40 ft.) shipping containers overboard. See this video of damaged cargo ships and cargo being […]

Spot the lighthouse?

I came across this website today with an impressive aquarium, with guess what inside? A lighthouse! A unique and beautiful exhibit from Taiwan. – from the Korean NTD Television website: Taiwanan Unveils World’s Longest Aquarium 2011-10-01 07:44 An impressive 33-metre-long aquarium went on display in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday at the opening ceremony of an […]