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Dangerous Adventure of a Lightkeeper


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Former Canadian lighthouse keeper Barry Porter recently shared a couple of photos with us of when, in 1991, he and another person were assigned the job of painting the iron tower of the red and white spiral-striped 1894 Bacalhao Island Lighthouse, which is located on an island near Twilligate in Newfoundland, Canada.

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Because the two men had previously painted the tower in 1989, they had some past experience, but nonetheless, it was a risky job. Barry writes, “It was a brute to paint with that swirl!”

He went on to say: “You had two cans of paint and two brushes on the ladder with you. (two wet edges, a red and a white going at the same time) and you worked your way from the top down to the rocky bottom. First, I had to chip off the rust, apply primer, then good old oil paint. If you got one little drop of red paint on the fresh white, you had pink! It wasn’t easy and it was dangerous – not to mention the constant winds up there, but it looked like a million bucks when it was finished.”

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