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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Prospect Point, Vancouver, B.C.




As with the recent post of the Brockton Point Light, here are views of the Prospect Point Light which is in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. and sits under the Lions Gate Bridge. The original station was established here in the late 1800's, however the age of the current light is not known. Photo from the water taken in August 2009 the other photo taken in 2008.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brockton Point Revisited




I haven't posted in awhile, and yesterday I happened to take a shot of the Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park (Vancouver) in the morning sunlight. I thought I would post it with a shot I took from a cruise ship in September 2009 which captures another perspective.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Indian Point Rear Range Light, Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick


This is the taller of two lighthouses built on this point of land overlooking the Northumberland Strait in the mid 1950's. It is North East of the village of Cape Tormentine. It sits on private property and has been inactive since 1998. Photo taken in Sept. 2009.

Indian Point Front Range Light, New Brunswick




This lighthouse sits on private property South East of Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick. It overlooks the Northumberland Strait. It was built in the mid 1950's and was deactivated in 1998. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Cape Tormentine Outer Wharf Rear Range Light, Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick




This light which is located at Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick was built in 1907 and deactivated in 1997. It sits near the former ferry terminal. Unfortunately this light is in a state of disrepair. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Cape Tormentine Outer Wharf Lighthouse, Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick




This light is located on the wharf at Cape Tormentine which is just South of Cape Jourimain and the Confederation Bridge. It was built in the 1940's and although it was briefly inactive in the late 1990's it was reactivated and remains active today. It sits on the concrete breakwater which is near the former ferry terminal. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Cape Jourimain Lighthouse, New Brunswick







This light is located on a small island at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. It is located in the Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area. It was built in 1870 and has been inactive since 1997 (the same year that the Confederation Bridge was opened). It is accessible via a nature trail in the Wildlife Area and there is a fee for entering. There is a drive underway to restore it. (Note: The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long Confederation Bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, it is one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century). Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Swift Point (Green Head), Saint John, New Brunswick







This light is located in the North West part of Saint John, New Brunswick at Green Head. It overlooks the West entrance to the Saint John River Gorge. It is believed to be the tallest of the Saint John River lights. It was built in 1869. It is fairly remote and accessible by a walk through the forest. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Anderson Hollow Lighthouse, Harvey, New Brunswick







Photos taken in Sept. 2009. The lighthouse is located near Harvey, New Brunswick. The plaque near the lighthouse reads: "This lighthouse is affectionally known as the 'Travelling Lighthouse' as it has been rebuilt or moved from place to place perhaps six times. The light was first established at the end of the Anderson Hollow Wharf at Waterside in 1889. After being repeatedly damaged by storms it was rebuilt on the shore in 1903. As the wharf declined in importance the lighthouse was placed in the yard of a nearby home. Later Albert County Heritage Trust moved it to Riverside-Albert and finally to its present site."

Musquash Head Lighthouse, Lorneville, New Brunswick







This light is located near Lorneville, New Brunswick (West of Saint John), just past the Coleson Cove Generating Station on Musquash Head. Although there has been a station at this location longer, the current light was built in 1959 and automated in 1987. It sits on a high bluff overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Pendlebury Lighthouse, St. Andrews, New Brunswick




This lighthouse is located on a point of land at the entrance to the harbour at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was established in 1833 and has been inactive since 1938. There is currently a drive underway to restore it. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

L'Etete Passage (Green's Point), L'Etete, New Brunswick







This lighthouse is located on the Bay of Fundy near L'Etete, New Brunswick. It is near the ferry terminal for the Deer Island Ferry. It was established in 1879 and inactive since 1999. It is currently owned by the Green's Point Lighthouse Association. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Cape Enrage Lighthouse, Alma, New Brunswick







This lighthouse is located on a high bluff overlooking the Bay of Fundy approximately 8 miles East of Alma, New Brunswick. The light was established in 1870. I visited the lighthouse in September 2009 and was fortunate enough to be there as the sun was rising. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Georges Island Lighthouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia




Located on Georges Island in the Halifax Harbour, this light was built in 1919. Georges Island is near the Halifax Cruise Ship Terminal and the Halifax Harbour Walk. Photos taken in Sept. 2009.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Distant Views - Scarlett Point and Triple Island, B.C.




On a cruise to Alaska, I was able to take a couple of distant shots of two of British Columbia's manned lighthouses. The one on the right is the Scarlett Point Lighthouse, which is on Balaklava Island, North West of Port Hardy, B.C. (Northern Vancouver Island). The one on the left is the Triple Island Lighthouse which is in Brown's Passage, twenty five miles West of Prince Rupert, B.C. Hopefully one day I can get closer shots of these two stations.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sand Heads II, Strait of Georgia, B.C.







When out photographing the Sand Heads Light, I noted this structure about a mile South in Georgia Strait. I am not sure of it's proper designation and will be attempting to learn more about it. Photos taken in August 2009. In the bottom photo you can see its location in proximity to the Sand Heads Light (the white speck on the right).

Sand Heads Light, Steveston, B.C.







This automated station is located at the entrance to the South Arm of the Fraser River at the end of a long rock jetty (breakwater). The station was believed established in 1913. Photos taken in August 2009. Thanks to my friend Darry for taking me out in his boat to photograph this light. The village of Steveston is located in the City of Richmond, B.C. which is just South of Vancouver

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cape Cod (Highland) Light, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Somehow when I started my blog, I missed adding this photo that I took in 1998. It is of the Cape Cod Light, also known as the Highland Light. This lighthouse was built in 1857 and is situated in the Cape Cod National Seashore. It was relocated back from the edge of the bluff in 1996.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Making Things Better..


Well friends, the last few days I have spent some time updating this blog hoping to make it more "user friendly". I have added a list of locations so that if you are interested in lighthouses in a certain area you can just click on the appropriate link and it will display all those that I have photographed in that particular region. I have gone back to some of my earlier posts and made the pictures bigger and in some cases added additional pictures. I have also added in recent weeks a list of links to some of my favorite lighthouse sites. In the next month I hope to add a few more lighhouses from B.C. and also from New Brunswick. I enjoy sharing my hobby and welcome your comments and suggestions. Here is a poem I hope you enjoy...


The Lighthouse
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
and on its outer point, some miles away,
the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
~
Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
in the white tip and tremor of the face.
~
And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright.
through the deep purple of the twilight air.
Beams forth the suggen radiance of its light,
with strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!
~
No one alone: from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean’s verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o’er the restless surge.
~
Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night o’er taken mariner to save.
~
And the great ships sail outward and return
Bending and bowing o’er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn
They wave their silent welcome and farewells.
~
They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.
~
The mariner remembers when a child,
on his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink
And when returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o’er ocean’s brink.
~
Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same,
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!
~
It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace:
It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
and hold it up, and shake it like a fleece.
~
The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
And steadily against its solid form
press the great shoulders of the hurricane.
~
The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.
~
A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of love,
it does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
but hails the mariner with words of love.
~
“Sail on!” it says: “sail on, ye stately ships!”
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse.
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man.
~~~


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lightship Swiftsure, Seattle, Washington







This lightship is moored at the Marine Heritage Centre on Lake Union near downtown Seattle, Washington. This ship was comissioned in 1904 and originally served as a lightship in California. It was first stationed on the Mendicino coast and later in the San Francisco area. It moved to Washington in 1951 and served as a relief lightship at locations off the Washington coast. The ship was decomissioned in 1960 after 56 years of service (including serving as a coastal patrol boat for the US Navy during WWII). The ship is designated LV83. There are a number of other vintage vessels moored nearby. Photos taken in August 2009.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Two Great Books...




I just was going through my library of lighthouse books and came across two by Donald Graham, former keeper of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in West Vancouver, B.C. Both are focused on lighhouses and lighthouse keepers in British Columbia, and I would recommend both to anyone who has an interest in lighthouses. They are well written and provide a historical prespective to many of the lights on Canada's West Coast. The titles are "Keepers of the Light" and "Lights of the Inside Passage: A History of British Columbia's Lighthouses and Their Keepers." More information can be found at: http://www.harbourpublishing.com/author/DonaldGraham. If you get a chance to read them, I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I have.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ogden Point Lighthouse, Victoria, B.C.







The Ogden Point Lighthouse is located at Ogden Point in the James Bay area of the city of Victoria, British Columbia. The light sits at the end of a long breakwater and overlooks the entrance to Victoria harbour. The light was established in 1917. The breakwater is a popular place for walks on a sunny day. Photos taken in July 2009. In one of the photos the ferry to Port Angeles, Washington is seen leaving the harbour.