By Yvonne Blackwood~
We started this series of articles about lighthouses by stating: “A unique structure seen in countries with rugged coastlines is a lighthouse. Tourists are always fascinated with lighthouses for a number of reasons, one being that they are always off and away from the general population; there is a mystique about them. Certain questions come to mind when you gaze upon them. Why are they standing in specific locations? Who maintains them and when? Does anyone live in them? How many lives have they helped to save? In addition, novels and movies have featured lighthouses, adding to their intrigue.”
We will wrap up the series with a unique group of lighthouses, too numerous to write about independently. The Thousand Islands consist of an archipelago of a group of over 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km), and straddle the border of the United States and Canada. There are numerous lighthouses throughout the Thousand Islands; some even provide accommodations. On a visit to the area, I took photographs of many of these lighthouses. Some seem identical, while others vary in sizes and shapes.
There are facilities on the Thousand Islands, that allow freshwater shipwreck diving, an offshoot of the many wrecks that are lying at the bottom of the seaway. It is small wonder then that so many lighthouses were constructed in the area.
Verse nine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Lighthouse,” sums up our sentiment regarding lighthouses.
Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same,
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!