“The Light” is the name of this photo taken at Cape Spear. This small fishing boat is getting ready for the opening of the crab and shrimp fishery. This point of coastline is the most easterly land in North America and often covered in dense fog.
The lighthouse is a tower, building, or framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire and used as an aid to navigation and to pilots at sea.
Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, and safe entries to harbors and can also assist in aerial navigation.
Over the years many lives were saved because of these necessary lights.
There has been a lighthouse operating at Cape Spear since September 1836. The original Cape Spear lighthouse was the second lighthouse built in Newfoundland; the first was built in 1810 at Fort Amherst, at the entrance to St. John's Harbor. In 1832, the first legislative assembly for the colony created a lighthouse board. Cape Spear was chosen as the site for a new lighthouse because it was on the rocky eastern coast near the entrance to St John's harbor.
- Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) (3363)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-13
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 77 mm UV filter
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Lighthouses I, Old Buildings of Newfoundland and Labrador [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 16:03