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Lighting the Way by Land and Sea

Moose Peak Lighthouse (Mistake Island) Photo courtesy T.Bruce Jeffries and lighthousefriends.com. One day in 1905, the MacDonald brothers, both ministers, stood on top of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  As they scanned the island-laden coastline, Alexander suddenly slapped his brother on the shoulder and exclaimed, “Angus, what a parish this would [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:24-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|2 Comments

Seals and Lighthouses

Angels Gate Lighthouse, CA, photo courtesy lighthousefriends.com Lighthouse keepers develop a relationship with the sea and learn to appreciate its personality. They also acquire an understanding of the creatures that live within it. Marine animals can provide food for the keepers, but they can also provide company. Along the west coast of the [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:25-05:00May 20th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|1 Comment

Love Signals from the Lighthouse

The Maidens Lighthouses, Ireland Where did a young person who lived at a lighthouse meet other young people? How did they find someone to date, fall in love with, and marry? At other lighthouses, of course. Due to the remoteness of lighthouses, the children of keepers often met and married the children of [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:26-05:00February 12th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|4 Comments

The Lighthouse Cat

Cats have been friends of mariners for centuries. They had an important job on ships – to keep the vessel free of rats and mice that not only ate food supplies, but gnawed through the ships’ ropes.  Cats were also common along waterfronts where they controlled rodents in warehouses and helped clean up the remains [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00January 22nd, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Work at the Lighthouse

  McNab's Island Lighthouse on Maugher's Beach, Nova Scotia “No fair! Why do I have to do all the work?” Maybe you’ve heard this complaint before, but you wouldn’t have heard it from lighthouse keepers or their families. Lighthouse keeping wasn’t an easy lifestyle, but for lighthouse families, it was a busy, active [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00January 15th, 2016|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments

Don’t Look Down!

Bishop Rock Lighthouse, UK, photo by Ian Cowe Gordon Partridge checked the lighthouse duty schedule and blew out a breath. It was his turn to do his least favorite job at the lighthouse. With three keepers at Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse, each keeper was assigned duties on a rotating basis. As a result, everyone [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00November 20th, 2015|Lighthouse Blog Category|0 Comments
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