Great Basses Reef Light, Sri Lanka, photo by Lars Reider, wikimedia
What would you do if you lived at a lighthouse away from civilization, without phone, television or Internet services? How would you spend your time when you weren’t working?
Even though light keepers had lots of work to do keeping the light on, polishing lens, repainting, repairing, etc., they also had free time. But what did they do when the chores were done and they had no place to go or no one to talk to?
Many light keepers had hobbies .
From Great Basses Reef Lighthouse in the Indian Ocean to Beachy Head in the United Kingdom to Peggy’s Point in Canada and Point Lowly Lighthouse in Australia, light keepers around the world enjoyed fishing, supplementing their meals with fresh seafood while taking advantage of their seaside locations. On the coasts of the United Kingdom, some keepers devised a way to fish using a kite. The kite with the hook attached to the tail was flown away from the lighthouse, then hovered or landed in the sea until a fish took the bait. When the fish’s bite tugged the kite, the keepers had to pull the kite back to the lighthouse before seagulls could steal the fish off the hook.