Historic in every sense is the Cape Bear Lighthouse in scenic Cape Bear, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is located on the Northumberland Strait in Southeastern Prince Edward Island. Presently it is open as a very busy tourist operation that brings many visitors to its doors.
The lighthouse was built by John Whalen in 1880 on land that was purchased from Thomas Munn who became the first Keeper of the lighhouse. William Harris & Martin Luther Jordan (my grandfather) succeeded Mr Munn as keepers. Hiram Hyde became the 4th keeper of the lighthouse, and Clarence White was the 5th being replaced by Ewart Keeping. In 1947 Wesley Coles, a house mover from Prince County PEI moved the stucture back from the eroding ocean bank to safer ground.
A Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station was erected next to the historic lighthouse in 1905. This was to communicate with ships and ice-breaking steamers. B.E. Hobbs operated the Marconi Station from 1905 until 1912, then Thomas Bartlett was the operator until it moved to the capital city of Charlottetown in 1922.
April 14th, 1912 Thomas Bartlett received the first distress message in Canada from the sinking Titanic off the coast of the Canadian Province of Newfoundland.
The Marconi Station was sold to Robert Glover , a nearby resident in 1929. It now is part of a family home in Guernsey Cove, Prince Edward Island.
In 1998 the historic Cape Bear Lighthouse was leased to the Northumberland Community Development Corporation. They restored the lighthouse added a Marconi Museum for its present summers use as a Kings County tourist attraction.
That's it for now...
George W. Jordan, Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc., www.buysellpei.com