about image 1587 (Lighthouse at Shippagan, New Brunswick)
For over a hundred years this lighthouse helped to mark the entrance to the inner harbour for returning Miramachi fishermen. Over that time it was attended by 11 different lightkeepers, who for most of the 19th century earned no more than $200 per year for the privilege. The keeper lived in a shack beside the light on lonely, sandy and windswept Portage Island, a ten kilometre hard pull by rowboat from the nearest New Brunswick mainland settlement of Burnt Church. In 1986 after being replaced by an automatic light it was purchased, moved to and restored at its present site 100 km north at the New Brunswick Aquarium in Shippagan. Visit Kraig Anderson's excellent site LIghthousefriends for fascinating and sometimes tragic histories of this and other lighthouses in North America.