Before the Manuals – Applying for the Job c.1930s

– Roy Carver (son of C. E. Carver on Kains Island 1933 – 1944)   The Civil Service Commission (CSC) of Canada was a very imposing body of bureaucrats who controlled the hiring and firing of government employees. It was a bit intimidating when I applied in 1969, and from the evidence on the documents […]

Life on the Lighthouses c. 1950s to 1960s

I receive links to lighthouse stories in the most unbelievable ways. This one arrived in the middle of an email addressed to someone else, which was then passed on to me. After contacting this first writer I was passed on to another. To keep track of all my contacts I think I will soon need […]

Howard Frazer Chamberlin Family Adventures c.1930s

– Narrated by Sharlene Macintosh with help from her cousin Zellie Chamberlin Sale (granddaughters of Howard Frazer Chamberlin, lighthouse keeper c. 1930 – 1941) My grandfather was Howard Frazer Chamberlin who was lightkeeper at a few lighthouses around Vancouver Island  – Nootka , Pine Island , Quatsino , Trial Island  come to mind – my Mom knows them all. His brother, Charles Benjamin […]

Life on Kains Island 1933 – 1944

– Roy Carver (son of C. E. Carver on Kains Island November 1933 – July 1944) Roy Carver told me he “was born at the Bancroft Nursing Home at 705 Cook Street in Victoria, BC in mid 1930s. This nursing home was set up for expectant mothers that lived in out of the way places with […]

Was Nootka Lighthouse Also Attacked in WW2?

  Howard Frazer Chamberlin was on Nootka lighthouse in 1942 according to the interview by the Naval Reserve (see letters at left). But there is a problem here. When I received a copy of this letter I thought it was referring to the attack on Estevan Point which supposedly helped introduce conscription in Canada during […]

Book – The Lightkeepers’ Menagerie

 The Lightkeepers’ Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses – by Elinor De Wire    Hardcover: 328 pages Publisher: Pineapple Press (March 15, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1561643904 ISBN-13: 978-1561643905 Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches I came across this book while doing a Google search for another author. Google Books has given a few free pages to read from […]

Book – The Lighthouse Work of Sir James Chance, Baronet

Click the photo left for a PDF file. Click here for an ePub format or a Mobi format.     Author: Chance, James Frederick, 1856-1937Subject: Chance, James Timmins, Sir, 1814-1902; LighthousesPublisher: London : Smith, ElderPossible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHTLanguage: EnglishCall number: AGP-4436ISBN: 1149446641, 9781149446645Length: 190 pages

Sisters Island Fog Horn & Light c. 1927

– Elizabeth Kate (Stannard) Smithman (Wife of Henry Herbert Smithman who was Senior Keeper at Sisters Island 1927 – 1929). Story donated by her grandson Allen Smithman.  The fog alarm has to be kept going when it is foggy or snowing a blizzard. This alarm is also used when it is smoky in summer from […]