Reflectors - You won’t find many lighthouses in North America that still have lamps and parabolic reflectors in the lantern, as is the case at the beautiful Cape Bonavista Lighthouse on the eastern coast of Newfoundland, Canada. This lighting apparatus was originally used in the Bell Rock Lighthouse in Scotland from 1811 to 1842 when it was moved and installed here in 1843. Today the light station is a Provincial Historic Site and is open from mid-June to mid-October every year. (Photos by Philip Hunter.)
Heart’s Content - The Heart’s Content Lighthouse (shown above) was built in 1901 and automated in 1931. It is located at the northern entrance to the harbor at Heart’s Content, Trinity Bay, Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada. The tower is still an active aid to navigation. (Photo by Philip Hunter.)
British Built - The Sugashima Lighthouse was designed and built by British engineer Richard Henry Brunton on the island of Sugashima in Ise Bay off shore from the City of Toba, Japan. It was first lighted on July 1, 1873. During his career, Richard Henry Bunton built 25 lighthouses in Japan, and each lighthouse was of a totally different design. The Sugashima Lighthouse is now within the boundaries of the Ise-Shima National Park. (Photo by Selector Jonathon Photography.)
Once a Danger - The Norah Head Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse located at Norah Head, a headland on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, close to Toukley. The 89-foot tall lighthouse was built in 1903. Engraved in Latin at the entrance to the tower are the words “Once a danger, now safe.” The grounds are open to the public. (Photo by Apoloniusz Lysejko.)
Kami Shima - The Kami Shima Lighthouse is located on an island at the entrance to Ise Bay in Japan. The lighthouse was constructed in 1968 to replace an earlier tower that had been built in 1910. The island can be reached by a ferry from the City of Toba. The grounds are open to the public, but the tower is not. (Photo by Selector Jonathon Photography.)
Giant in Zanzibar - The red and white banded Ras Makunduchi Lighthouse in Zanzibar is not the typical traditional-looking lighthouse, but it is quite impressive. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the East African country of Tanzania. It is comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones. The lighthouse is still staffed.
Tragedy at Ile Parisienne - The Ile Parisienne Lighthouse was constructed in 1911 by the Canadian government on the southern tip of remote Ile Parisienne in the middle of Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. When opening the lighthouses for the shipping season on April 18, 1922, the Canadian Lighthouse Tender Lambton was on its way to drop off lighthouse keepers and supplies to the lighthouse, as well as to the Caribou Island Lighthouse and the Micipicoten Island Lighthouse, when the vessel encountered a heavy northeast gale. The vessel sank with the loss of 21 lives including those of John Douglas, the principle keeper of Ile Parisienne Lighthouse, and John Kay, his assistant keeper. (Photo by Larry Wright.)
The Old and the New at Anori Saki Lighthouse - Shown here is the Anori Saki Lighthouse in the Ise Shima National Park in Japan and its old lens that is now on display at the lighthouse and the new modern lens that is now in the tower. (Photos by Selector Jonathon Photography.)
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