Abandoned - The Sambro Island Lighthouse by Darlene Ruhs

Abandoned - The Sambro Island Lighthouse by 

This year marks the 252nd anniversary of the Sambro Island Lighthouse. Families, including cousins of mine used to live on the island all year round. There were two homes barely still standing on the island when this shot was taken; however, one has since burned down. I believe the building you are seeing in this shot is where the families kept their supplies and storage.

The island is said to be haunted by a man. I was quite disappointed to not have felt or seen something eerie while I was there. There is also a spot which looks to be carved out of the rocks on the island called the “Devil’s Footprints” The story goes that the devil walks up out of the water and walks up the rocks to the island. What the devil would want with a lighthouse I have no idea, but that is what I was told. The rock pattern is very odd though and quite something to see.

The lighthouse is now run by solar panels and no human hands are needed. Even the fog horn is run by a machine that detects fog.

Even though I did not see or feel a ghost, the island has a very lonely feel to it, an abandoned and sad spot. I couldn’t imagine being there alone….no, I just could not!


  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago

    fantastic shot Darlene ! and very interesting story to go along with it

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    lovely shot Darlene,nice angle and colour,great info too!

  • Cheri  McEachin
    Cheri McEachinover 6 years ago

    Very cool comp

  • kenmo
    kenmoover 6 years ago

    Most impressive….

  • frogster
    frogsterover 6 years ago

    Great shot and thanks for sharing the story

  • Scott Ruhs
    Scott Ruhsover 6 years ago

    This image has so much atmosphere. That day was a great adventure.

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!! ;-) Thank you for adding this to FTS!!!!

  • Katagram
    Katagramover 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Darlene. thank you for taking me there, if only in my mind !

  • loramae
    loramaeover 6 years ago

    Fabulous Shot Darlene! I would so love to visit this ghostly haunt! :O)

  • Mia1
    Mia1over 6 years ago

    wow, this is a wonderful capture. Beautiful

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