Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Toll of The Lighthouse.....

Ross Island Lighthouse 1910
Ross Island Lighthouse is situated on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick - otherwise known as the lighthouse at Fish Fluke Point. Ross Island was inhabited by the New Empire Loyalists in 1774. There is evidence of some of the earliest buildings that still remain here and there aboot the island. In fact, it is also one of the few areas, that artifacts of the First Nations have been found.
The island today is privately owned, but by agreement in the sale, islanders and visitors have access. There are trails that circumvent the island and also a  man-made road through the middle of the island. At lower tides, the walk to the lighthouse can be done in an approximate two hour return trip. Around the Bay of Fundy, one has to be reminded of how the water silently seeps in behind you, gathering in shallow pools, until you are cut off and are "walking back knee deep" - always watch the tide and know when it will return. My own trips to the Bay, are always timed - I want to enjoy the Ocean Floor for as long as possible, so I always check the Tides and know how much time I have to play. The tide can return quite quickly and the path can be very dangerous when under water.
Beautiful photo opportunities await you, enjoy the hike across the ocean floor, explore an hour or so, enjoy a picnic, listen to the wild birds call out to each other, soaring high above you. I cannot think of anybody that doesn't want to explore a beach and an island and spend an afternoon with Mother Nature, upon her rocky shore.
The island itself has a rocky rim, as you can see in the first photo - this protects the soft marshy interior from being washed away when the tides come in and the waves do play. The island itself has become a sanctuary for birds and native animals and is filled with extraordinary plant life.
For the past 45 odd years, nothing has been done to preserve the life of the lighthouse. It is slowly crumbling into the sea, abandoned and forgotten. It is highly endangered, and continues to deteriorate as the hostile weather of the Bay of Fundy breaks upon its walls. It was well built, but time, storms and the battering of many waves has taken its toll - leaving the backside caved in and the walls stubbornly crumbling. Sadly, it is just a matter of time before the harshness of Mother Nature washes it away.


DJan said...

It is still beautiful, even though it is now abandoned. What a fine place to visit, Saucy. I am glad to have learned about it from you. I love your adventures and that you share them with me. :-)

Friko said...

Is there no society for the preservation of old buildings? Failing that, over here there would soon be a group of people fundraising like crazy. They usually manage to get what they want. The English are great at charitable doings.

I hope you can visit your lighthouse for many years to come.

Red said...

What a beautiful area. I've never been to the Maritimes. It's time I get there.

biebkriebels said...

What a nice story and pictures of this remote place.