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Cape Forchu, off Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with the Yarmouth Lightstation.

(SOUTHWEST Nova Scotia) Cape Forchu is home to the Yarmouth Lightstation, one of the most scenic lighthouses in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Light (as it is locally known) rises 23 meters above the ground, and its two-million candlepower beam can be seen over 30 nautical miles out to sea. It is located at the end of a 12 km stretch of road through fishing villages along the coast.

(The Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society) Cape Forchu Lightstation is the Beacon to Canada. The Cape has been welcoming visitors since 1604, when Samuel de Champlain landed and named the area “Cap Forchu,” meaning forked tongue of land. By the mid-nineteenth century, the Town of Yarmouth was a booming seaport with vessels coming in an out of the harbour and therefore the Cape was the ideal position for a lighthouse and foghorn; by 1870, Yarmouth was at its peak and was the second largest port of registry in Canada.

Here the lighthouse could protect vessels both approaching and entering the harbour. And so the Cape Forchu light, also commonly known as the Yarmouth Light, was constructed in 1839. The light itself stood 126 feet above sea level and 91 feet above ground. In 1869, a fog alarm was installed that sounded with a four-second blast every 26 seconds. The alarm was kept in another building away from the light, and in heavy storms, the keeper had to make a dangerous march along a narrow, exposed path overlooking cliffs to tend to the fog alarm.

The light in the original tower was lit on January 15th, 1840. The first lighting apparatus was a kerosene lamp and had to be watched carefully for it could easily go out. It was later changed to a kerosene-fueled vapor system. A tank of kerosene was lugged up the circular steps every evening, heated until it became a vapor and fed into a mantle. One lightkeeper, Herbert Cunningham, said that in his 30 year tenure, he climbed the tower stairs at least 47,000 times. Life as a lightkeeper became a lot easier when, in 1940, electricity finally came to the Cape.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsabout 4 years ago

    nice one mate

  • Thanks, Steve!

    – David Davies

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous scene and capture!

  • Thank you, Cheryl!

    – David Davies

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and a very interesting history to go with it, David. What a beautiful scene!

  • Thank you, Mike!

    – David Davies

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Angie!

    – David Davies

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 4 years ago
    Great setting – another addition to your lighthouse photos – well done !
  • Thanks, Roy. Still a lot more to go.

    – David Davies

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 4 years ago

    Looks like a fabulous spot. Well captured David.

  • Thank you, Ralph, it certainly is!

    – David Davies

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    Very picturesque.

  • Very ‘post-cardy’! lol Took this from the Cat, before the Cat was cancelled!

    – David Davies

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture .

  • Thanks, Lillian. Glad you like it!

    – David Davies

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