Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Three Sister's, Saint John, NB, Canada

The Trinity Lamps, or "Three Sisters" are located at St. Patrick's Square, a patch of land at the end of Prince William Street, in Saint John, New Brunswick.  The earliest light at the present location of the "Three Sisters" was a single oil lalmp erected in 1842. It was placed in direct line with the steeple of Trinity Church, so that harbour pilots and sea captains were able to navigate their way safely into the harbour at night. "Cruise ship docked at Pugsley Terminal, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada". The tourists seem to love this olde Loyalist City.
There was a cruise ship in the City yesterday and I met a lovely couple from Kansas. Of course my very first question; with a warm smile on my face was "Have you ever met Dorothy N Toto"?? The wife's answer was "Oh Sure, they live just down the road from us". ha,ha They told me how much they  were enjoying their trip, and went out of their way to compliment our "Very Friendly City" and I have to admit - It Is True. You may travel far and wide, but you will always feel the TRUE, SINCERE warmth of Saint Johners!!
Painting by Homer Winslow
When lined up with the Beacon Light that used to stand in the harbour entrance, it had marked the inner end of the Eastern Channel. Vessels approaching from the Western Channel could line up the light with the Trinity Church spire to navigate safely into the harbour. A four-sided gas lamp came next and had two red glass panels facing seaward and two white ones facing land. This was replaced by the three lamps (1967) on a metal trident as seen today. The lamp stood 27 feet high and 42 feet above the high water, making it visible for up to five miles away. The lamps were designed to shine through a 67 1/2 degree arc, showing red towards the water and white on other bearings. Today the electrically powered light is no longer used for navigation, but it well known and loved as the historic Three Sisters Light.
Where did this nickname come from? No one can say why the Three Lamps light is better known as The Three Sisters. Nevertheless, local residents know the landmark by its nickname and have many stories to explain it. Locals say the light is from the three faithful Sisters, who waited on that spot for the safe return of their men from the sea.

A Celtic Cross is also located in St. Patricks Square beside "The Three Sisters" lamp. The cross is a small scale replica of one that was erected on Partridge Island in 1927 to commemorate the 2000 Irish immigrants who perished of typhus fever en route to New Brunswick, or on the island after arriving.

Partridge Island, known as "Canada's Emerald Isle", (24 acres), was the first quarantine station in Canada, used as early as 1785; receiving its largest influx of immigrants in the 1840's during the Great Famine in Ireland.

Although there is no public access to the Isle today, it is both a provincial and national historical site. Cruise ships, fishing boats and plain olde "Day Skippers" pass by the island every day. During WWII there were gunner stations posted on the Island to protect the city. The lighthouse is still in operation and is one of the largest in Canada.

The Three Sisters Lamp - Partridge Island in background.
Painting by Canadian Artist May Moore.

p.s. I have some serious reading to do, as I haven't been online in Blogger World for a bit. I have got to read some of your great posts on the run. Love my iphone for keeping me in touch with each of you, when I am running about the countryside. Take care my friends in Bloggyland !


Red Nomad OZ said...

The name 'Three Sisters' is so evocative. Downunder there's a land formation of 3 rocky peaks also known as the 3 sisters from an indigenous legend I can't fully recall. But there was definitely waiting involved!!!

Have a great day and enjoy your travels, my friend!

Red said...

Great post for us stubble jumpers who have no experience with the sea. Excellent photos to illustrate your story.
I did boat up the Mackenzie river in 1966. The navigation system was awesome... just big squares. Stay lined up with the squares and everything is perfect.

Ann O'Dyne said...

Great post. I came here from Red Nomad OZ because you said there that a Vanilla Slice was not known in your world. They are just a more robust Mille Feuille.

The doggies are gorgeous - I used to have a Toby-type dog and his death broke my heart.
I love all your sidebar photos especially the moose - he looks Really Tall.
Do they jump garden fences?

Ray Braun said...

Thank you for this information.. we hope to move to Saint John and are looking forward to seeing these sights..