Wednesday, February 25, 2009
There are two lighthouses at Cape Spear, Newfoundland. Cape Spear, near the Newfoundland capital of St. John's, is the most Easterly point in Canada. The old lighthouse (left) became operational in 1836 and continued in operation until 1955 when the new lighthouse (right) was put into commission. My photos were taken in 1998.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is located at the Easternmost point of Long Island, New York in Montauk Point State Park. The light was the first lighthouse in New York State and is the fourth oldest active light in the U.S.A. It was constructed in 1796 and first lit in 1797. It has been automated since 1987. The light is owned and maintained by the Montauk Historical Society. My photo was taken in 2004.
This lighthouse is located in Walton Harbour, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy. Originally commissioned in 1873, it was decommissioned in the 1970's. The municipality of East Haunt's purchased it and it was declared a heritage site in 1992. Photo was taken in 1998.
Located in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, this lighthouse was decommissioned in 1989. Originally established in 1855, the lighthouse was restored and the land around it developed as the Fort Point Lighthouse Museum Interpretive Park which opened in 1997. Photograph of this uniquely shaped lighthouse was taken in 1998.
This lighthouse and museum is a replica of the Seal Island Lighthouse, Seal Island, Nova Scotia. It is located near Barrington, Nova Scotia and was built in 1978. The original lantern from the Seal Island Light was installed in the replica in 1978. Photo taken in 1998.
This light is also know as Gilberts Point Lighthouse. It is located Southwest of Digby, Nova Scotia, overlooking Gilberts Cove and the Digby Spit. The lighthouse was established in 1904. The light was discontinued in 1984. The grounds and light were declared a Provincial Heritage Site in 1990 after being restored by the Gilberts Cove and District Historical Society. Photo taken in 1998.
More commonly know as the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, this light is located at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia near the entrance to St. Margaret's Bay. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction and has a post office in the tower. The tower is 50 feet tall and the current lighthouse was built in 1915 replacing a wooden structure that had been established in 1868. When I photographed the lighthouse in 1998, recovery operations for the Swissair 111 crash that killed 229 people were still underway, based in Peggy's Cove. The crash had occurred 5 miles offshore from Peggy's Point.
This lighthouse is located at Yarmouth in Southwestern Nova Scotia. It sits at the entrance to Yarmouth Harbour and and overlooks the Gulf of Maine. The current light was built in 1961 and replaced a former wooden structure that had stood since 1839. Photo taken in 1998.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable lighthouses in Prince Edward Island, with its distinctive black and white colour scheme, West Point Lighthouse is located on PEI shore on the Western Entrance to Northumberland Straight. It was established in 1875. The light is automated and the building now houses a gift shop, restaurant and accommodation. My photo was taken in 1998.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The Pointe Venus Lighthouse is located on the northern tip of Tahiti in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It was built in 1868 and was restored in 1963. It is reported to have been built by Thomas Stevenson, father of author Robert Louis Stevenson. My photo was taken during a trip to French Polynesia in 1991.
Known as one of the Wonders of the Ancient World the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt was built in the 3rd Century B.C. on a small island in the harbour at Alexandria. It was estimated to have been between 380 - 490 feet in height, and was considered one of the first lighthouses in the world. The structure was destroyed in the 1300's A.D. The photo is of Fort Qaitbey which sits on what is believed to be the original site of the Pharos Lighthouse, and it is believed that some of the original stonework from the Pharos Lighthouse was used in the construction of the fort. Photo taken in May 2008.
Also known as Head Harbour Light, the East Quoddy Head Lighthouse is situated at the Northern most point of Campobello Island, New Brunswick. It is painted with the unique pattern of the St. George Cross (red vertical and horizontal stripes). It is was established in 1829. Photo taken in 2004.
This light is located on the West side of Campobello Island, New Brunswick near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Bridge which links the island to the mainland (Lubec, Maine). It was built in 1885 and has been inactive since 1962. Photo taken in 2004.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Located on the Kennebecasis River in Renforth, New Brunswick, the Renforth Light is privately maintained and found in Renforth Rotary Park. Built in the 1980's, the light is active but unofficial. Photo taken in March 2008.
Located near Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick the lighthouse at Lighthouse Point was built in 1984, however there has been a lightstation in this location since 1875. The photo was taken in March 2008.
The Digby Wharf Light sits in Saint John Square in downtown Saint John, New Brunswick. It was relocated here from Digby, Nova Scotia and sits not far from the Saint John Harbour Light. Photo taken in March 2008.
This light is situated on a small island near the main harbour at Kusadasi, Turkey. The island is known as either Pigeon Island or Bird Island. Photo was taken in May 2008.
Photos were taken in August 2005. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is located North of Mendocino, California. It is a beautiful restored lighthouse is owned by California State Parks and was restored by the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1908. The lightkeepers's house has also been restored and opened in 2006 as the Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo.
This light is situated on a small island adjacent to the harbour at Crescent City, California. The island can be reached on foot when the tide is low. It was first lit in 1856. It was automated in 1953 and is currently a museum operated by the Del Norte Historical Society. This photo was taken in July 2005.