"Sinking of the Titanic" - A Prince Edward Island, Canada, Connection

Real Estate Agent with Red Soil Real Estate Inc.

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.

Resource: http://www.lighthousefriends.com

That's it for now...

George W. Jordan, Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc., www.buysellpei.com



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Ryan Gale
Long and Foster Realtors - Rockville, MD

The whole world is connected in some way

Mar 30, 2011 02:23 AM #1
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Cool, I did not know that. I always thought the Marconi station was in Newfoundland,

Mar 30, 2011 03:13 AM #2
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
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HI George,

Great local post with an international flavour, I love the look and history of Light houses, great story.


Mar 30, 2011 03:54 AM #3
George W. Jordan
Red Soil Real Estate Inc. - Murray Harbour, PE
Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc.

thank you for your kind remarks...

Mar 30, 2011 04:05 AM #4
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Visited the Fairlawn Cemetery in Halifax Titanic graves. Vacationing this week in PEI Canda ! Beautiful island and super friendly people who really want you to enjoy your stay.

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