Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse – Newfoundland
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Sitting on a rocky outcrop at the northern entrance to Bonne Bay on Newfoundland’s west coast, Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse has been guiding ships into the bay since 1898.
The lightkeeper’s house, a shed, and a few outbuildings are all part of this heritage status site within Gross Morne National Park.
Hiking trails and guided interpretive walks take visitors around the site, allowing them to discover not only the harsh coastal beauty found in this part of the world, but also the importance of lighthouses throughout history.
The lighthouse was manned continuously from its beginnings right up until automated equipment was installed in 1969.
Robert Lewis was appointed the first keeper of Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse for an annual salary of $504.
Lewis was succeeded in 1902 by William Young who held the position there until his son George took over in 1941. George was the final light keeper staying until it was automated in 1969.
With its many rocky outcrops and uneven shoreline it is easy to understand the need for a light to guide ships into the harbour by night.
The fact that there’s a few well-preserved old buildings to discover is an added bonus.
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