East Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Alana Ranney

Strong, United States

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D70 24-85mm
“East Quoddy Lighthouse”, also more familiar to
everyone as the “Head Harbour Lighthouse” on Campobello Island, NB, Canada.
Info taken from http://www.campobello.com/lighthouse/

HISTORY OF LIGHTHOUSE: The Head Harbour Lighthouse has a long history as an aid to navigation in the Bay of Fundy and Passamaquoddy Bay. It is located at the northern extremity of Campobello Island, which is the largest of a number of islands in the area of Passamaquoddy Bay near the Maine-New Brunswick border. The light is known to local residents as “East Quoddy Light”. Campobello Island is closer to the coast of Maine than it is to New Brunswick. Twelve miles by sea to St. Andrew’s, its road link with the Canadian mainland is by way of a bridge to Lubec, Maine and a sixty mile drive through that state to St. Stephen. The island is probably best known as the site of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home; it was here that he summered as a child and here that he was stricken with polio in 1921. The family “cottage” is now at the center of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, established in 1964. During the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain and the United States were engaged in economic warfare, the town of Eastport on the Maine shoreline across from Campobello Island grew rapidly as a smuggling center. On the New Brunswick side, Campobello became a transfer point for trade as well. As the Islanders said, "That’s why fogs were made’’. Although the illicit trade declined by the 1820s, general trade flourished and traffic grew in the narrows between Campobello Island and the Maine coast. Fishing, shipping and shipbuilding were important activities in Passamaquoddy Bay, but the famous Fundy fogs, the high tides, and the treacherous rocks and shoals around the islands near Campobello Island presented considerable difficulty to this marine community.

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