DGJ_4579 - Peggy's Point Lighthouse

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    While no doubt the most well known lighthouse in Canada and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, the history of the light at Peggy's Cove is little known. Various versions account for the name. Peggy is the nickname for Margaret and the community may have acquired the name from nearby Saint Margaret's Bay, especially as the point marks the eastern entrance to the bay. Other accounts suggest Peggy was an early settler. A popular romantic version says a woman named Peggy was the only survivor of a shipwreck and there are even American families that even claim descent from the shipwrecked Peggy.

    In any case, it was decided to erect a light to mark the eastern entrance to St. Margaret's Bay in 1868. While best known as "the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse", it was and remains, officially know as the Peggy's Point Lighthouse as its purpose is to mark the point, not the cove. The cove has its own small light on the government wharf. The first lighthouse was a wooden tower, built atop a keeper's dwelling at the point. It was a red light and used a catoptric reflector (a round silver-plated mirror) to magnify the kerosene oil lamp. The wooden tower, built atop a keeper's dwelling was replaced by the present tower in 1915, a pleasing and stout concrete octagon 50 feet west of the original light. The keeper's dwelling remained for many years nearby as did a tall flagpole displaying coded black cones and balls to warn of bad weather approaching. The new lighthouse showed a white light from a dioptric lens, a series of glass prisms, to magnify the light. Several colour and character changes followed, the most recent being the change from white to green in 1979 and red in 2009. Another very visible change (which helps date earlier colour photos) was in 1969 when the iron lantern on top of the tower was changed from white paint to red paint.

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    1. eleda 1 62 months ago | reply

      lovely shot

    2. maorlando God kept us 2014 leaning on Him 2015 62 months ago | reply

      Magnificent wintertime capture of this very beautiful scenic lighthouse...wow.....a true calendar page composition....beautiful work, Dennis!!! Luv the info...wonderful!!!
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    3. Kia & Zeno 62 months ago | reply

      Gorgoeus! =D
      We love lighthouses and this is so beautiful!

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    4. Kartik J 62 months ago | reply

      That red secluded adds to the beauty of this wonderful photo!

    5. il_drive 62 months ago | reply

      Fabulous shot!!! It was SO worth the wait! :)

      Have a great day!! :))

    6. phil102 . 62 months ago | reply

      Exquisite work.......Love it very, very much!!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    7. peggyhr 62 months ago | reply

      Wonderful winter capture of one of Canada's most photographed landmarks!

      Yes, I have been to Nova Scotia (before my Flickr / digital days) and have also photographed it.

      Davvero bello questo scatto..

      Grazie e ciao, F.

    8. BKHagar *Kim* 62 months ago | reply

      An OUTSTANDING shot, Dennis!! WOrth the wait!! I didn't know the info here, but have a friend who travels to see lighthouses! I will have to tell her about this one!! Awesome shot!

    9. krazykrayons 62 months ago | reply

      picture postcard perfect!

    10. MadonnaJ 62 months ago | reply

      Wow!! Definitely one of your best!! Love it !!

    11. A guy called John 62 months ago | reply

      Perfect, Dennis.
      Well worth the wait.

    12. Raptor14 62 months ago | reply

      Very nice dennis

    13. wandelgraaf(mostly off) 62 months ago | reply

      Wow wonderful landscape and setting

    14. Marinyu.. 62 months ago | reply

      Incredible patience , congratulations. There is really a winter now there.

    15. Don Hutter Photography [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      Great winter shot my friend!

    16. Blue-Sky Pink 62 months ago | reply

      Great shot... Interesting project you have going on with the book about China. Hadn't visited your photo stream for awhile and was amazed by what I had missed. Awesome photos, as always, Dennis.
      Have a great day.

    17. miguelyn.. 61 months ago | reply

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      beautiful capture!
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    18. foroyar22 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Working Beacons on North Atlantic Waters, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    19. Caperheart ( Rita ) 50 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot,Dennis :-). Shots of this lighthouse never get old!! First winter shot of it that I've seen.Great capture,my friend :-) !!!

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