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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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1897 Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

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 Lighthouse

"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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1970s Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

"Lighting Always Strikes in Threes"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was the late seventies, three years after diesel generators for electricity were installed at Flowerpot. Audrey Coultis, the longest …

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1856 Griffith Island Lighthouse, Georgian Bay near Wiarton, Ontario.

"History of Griffith Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

The construction of the Griffith Island lighthouse began in 1856. Before the freeze-up the foundation was set and the quarried …

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1929 Kincardine Lighthouse 1922-23

"Living in the Lighthouse"

by Jack and Susan Westell

Susan and Jack Westell moved to the Kincardine lighthouse when they were nine and six respectively. Their father Oran was …

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1983 Lion's Head Lighthouse

In 1903, the first light was established at the end of the Lion’s Head harbour dock. A square frame tower …

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1897 Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

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

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1898 Cape Croker Lighthouse

"History of Cape Croker"

by Bruce County Tourism

The first lighthouse in Cape Croker, a small wooden structure with a tower on the roof, was built in 1898 …

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1903 ‘Bluenose’ fog horn used at Cove Island

"Fog Horns"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Audible systems were used when keepers needed a warning device when visibility was poor. The first fog signals in Lake …

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1913 Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

"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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1929 Kincardine Lighthouse 1922-23

"Living in the Lighthouse"

by Jack and Susan Westell

Susan and Jack Westell moved to the Kincardine lighthouse when they were nine and six respectively. Their father Oran was …

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1930s Chantry Island Lighthouse

"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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1970s Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

"Lighting Always Strikes in Threes"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was the late seventies, three years after diesel generators for electricity were installed at Flowerpot. Audrey Coultis, the longest …

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1856 Griffith Island Lighthouse, Georgian Bay near Wiarton, Ontario.

"History of Griffith Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

The construction of the Griffith Island lighthouse began in 1856. Before the freeze-up the foundation was set and the quarried …

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1855 Old Photo of Point Clark Lighthouse with group of people

"History of Point Clark Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

In 1855, the Imperial Government decided that it was necessary to install a permanent light station, or lighthouse at Point …

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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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1930s John, Eulene and Elizabeth Ann Jones Ruttle

"Memories of Point Clark – 1930s"

by Eulene Ruttle Antoniak

I especially remember what rugged living it was. Just a narrow road winding through the bush. In the summer it …

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2001 Chantry Island Lighthouse

During the mid 1800’s water traffic on the Great Lakes had substantially increased and the colonial government called for improved …

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