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Featured Story: "Living in the Lighthouse"

“Susan and Jack Westell moved to the Kincardine lighthouse when they were nine and six, respectively. Their father, Oran, was the lighthouse keeper from 1929 – 1955. They moved from just down the road and their dog, Buster, was reluctant to go but eventually they got him to walk down to the lighthouse a little at a time.”

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1930s

"Young Girl on Chantry Island"

by Interview with John Weichel of fo’c’s’le magazine

As a young child, Jean Scott, now Jean Davies, lived in Southampton and was friends with Ruth Klippert, the daughter …

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1860

"David McBeath"

by Robert Square

The Isle of Coves has many fascinating stories to tell but nothing compares with the drama of lightkeeper David McBeath …

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1881

"Schooner Regina"

by Robert Square

On Tuesday September 6, 1881, loaded with a thousand barrels of salt the schooner Regina under the command of Captain …

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1850s

Life as a lightkeeper was not easy on this isolated island in the Canadian wilderness during the 1850’s. Captain George …

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1855

"History of Cove Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

Cove Island is the jewel of Georgian Bay lighthouses- perhaps of any on the Canadian Great Lakes. It has the …

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1860

"Cove Island: A Father’s Choice"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was December 7, 1860. Keeper David McBeath was pacing the shoreline transfixed by the 20- foot sailboat rocking in …

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1860

"Cove Island: A Father’s Choice"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was December 7, 1860. Keeper David McBeath was pacing the shoreline transfixed by the 20- foot sailboat rocking in …

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1881

"Schooner Regina"

by Robert Square

On Tuesday September 6, 1881, loaded with a thousand barrels of salt the schooner Regina under the command of Captain …

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1883

"History of Lion’s Head Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

With a potentially excellent harbour at their doorstep, why were the inhabitants of Lion’s Head having to rely on the …

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1885

"Lighthouse Keepers at Big Tub"

by Bruce County Tourism

The beautiful hexagonal tower on Lighthouse Point at Big Tub Harbour was erected in 1885, four years after Charles Earl …

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1885 Photo of Lighthouse keeper Norman McDonald and 2 small children

"Service Awards"

by Bruce County Tourism

Imperial Service Medals were Awarded to the First Two Lightkeepers on Lyal Island and another on Knife Island – John …

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1896

"History of Cabot Head Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

It took years of shipping disasters before the authorities acknowledged that this treacherous stretch of the Bruce Peninsula warranted a …

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1896

"History of Cabot Head Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

It took years of shipping disasters before the authorities acknowledged that this treacherous stretch of the Bruce Peninsula warranted a …

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1885

"Lighthouse Keepers at Big Tub"

by Bruce County Tourism

The beautiful hexagonal tower on Lighthouse Point at Big Tub Harbour was erected in 1885, four years after Charles Earl …

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1855

"History of Cove Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

Cove Island is the jewel of Georgian Bay lighthouses- perhaps of any on the Canadian Great Lakes. It has the …

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1860

"Cove Island: A Father’s Choice"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was December 7, 1860. Keeper David McBeath was pacing the shoreline transfixed by the 20- foot sailboat rocking in …

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1897

In 1897, when shipping on Georgian Bay was at its zenith, lighthouse was perched high on a cliff face at …

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1913

"Flowerpot Island: A Boy’s Paradise"

by Bruce County Tourism

Bill Spears’ lined face had seen more than a few years of Georgian Bay sun. A man of strong opin­ions, …

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