Biggest Ball of String

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe – so far)

Lighthouses and Memorials

on April 21, 2013

If you love lighthouses, Nova Scotia is the place for you! There are over 160Peggy's Cove Lighthouse historical lighthouses scattered along the 7400 km coastline.

In fact, Nova Scotia has the more lighthouses that any other province in Canada… although, really.. is that a surprise? there’s not much competition – most of the country is landlocked.

The oldest working lighthouse in North America is there – 82 feet tall, built in 1758, and located on Sambro Island!

Thinking that’s very old, I Googled to see how 1758 compares to the oldest working lighthouse in the world… and I found the Tower of Hercules, which is an ancient Roman lighthouse built some time late in the 1st century (probably during the reign of Trajan, between 98-117 C.E.), still in use, in north-western Spain….well… 1758 is old too…

 Built in 1915 (at “only” almost 100 years old, it’s like it’s brand new!) Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse (or, actually: Peggy’s Point Lighthouse AT Peggy’s Cove) is one of the most photographed lighthouses (in the world?) Perhaps that’s because you can drive right up to it, and it’s only 45 minutes to an hour from Halifax. (Website says an hour, Google maps says 45 minutes… website probably knows best.)

Lost sailorsWorth seeing, there, is the “Fisherman’s Monument“, sculpted in 100 feet of granite, by a Finnish artist named William E. deGarthe.  This sculpture depicts the lives of 32 fisherman and their families.  I was told, while we were there, that one of the fisherman is actually a self-portrait of the artist.  I can’t find anything to support that, now, but I like that it could be true.

Also at Peggy’s Cove area is the Memorial for Swissair Flight 111.  On 2 September 1998, Swissair 111 crashed into St. Margarets Bay, killing all 229 people (215 passengers and 14 crew members) on board.  The flight left from JFK Airport in New York City, and was going to Geneva, Switzerland, but at almost 2 hours inflight, there was trouble.  They considered turning and going back to Boston or Bangor, but were informed that Halifax Airport was closer.

MemorialAfter trying everything possible, the plane came down, in St. Margarets Bay.  At 345 miles per hour, the airplane disintegrated on impact, and everyone died instantly…. Another terrible tragedy for the area.

We came across the Memorial while hiking over the gigantic granite rocks. We didn’t know it was there.  One of the stones has markings in it ” 1 1 1″ for the flight number, but also, if you look through the markings, they point to the actual crash site.

I took pictures of 3 or 4 other lighthouses as we travelighthouse routelled the almost-island of Nova Scotia, but I don’t know what they all are called!  I will definitely have to consider taking the Historic Lighthouse Tour next time!

Go check out the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society for a complete list and details for each of their lighthouses.

One more Nova Scotia blog next week.

Advertisements

Opinions? Viewpoints? Please, leave a reply! :D

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

LakeShore Haven

Our Cottage (yes, it's a vacation rental!), steps to a white sandy beach on Lake Michigan

Hyperbole and a Half

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

Dowedoff's inThailand? Seriously?

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

In an Irish Home

What Life is Really Like Behind the Hall Door

Biggest Ball of String

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

Where's my backpack?

Romancing the planet; a love affair with travel.

thepracticalhistorian

Your guide to practically true history.

MowryJournal.com

Life's Passions

The Road Trip Hound

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

The Silk Road Spice Merchant

The latest spice news from the Silk Road

off the beaten track in spain

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

One Dusty Track

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Self Reliant Network

Our road trip adventures, quirky roadside attractions, generally in the United States or Canada (and with occasional travel off the mainland into Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean and Europe - so far)

%d bloggers like this: