It looks tiny from across the marsh,
yet standing next to this lighthouse, you an appreciate its height of more than 13 meters or almost 45 feet.
It is located at New London Bay, nestled behind a small sand dune on a sandy beach at the mouth of the Fox River Inlet, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
This lighthouse is at sea level, which I find unusual. I am familiar with lighthouses, having lived in Newfoundland until six years ago. There, the lighthouses usually stand on rocky cliffs, often many meters above sea level like this one on Twillingate Island, Newfoundland.
On PEI, such is not usually the case.
The New London Lighthouse is automated, with solar panels visible on the south side of the structure.
These additions are more recent as the lighthouse was built in 1876 at a cost of $1300.00. Families lived in the lower level, with the keeper tending the light in the tower.
The first female light keeper in Canada was at this lighthouse. Maisie Adams tended the light from 1940-1956. Her youngest child was born there. Maisie took over the job as light keeper from her husband Claude, after his death. During his illness, Maisie did the job as she raised her three children. She was a reliable, competent, island woman.
Today, while the lighthouse still guides mariners, it also stands as a reminder of days past, of a time when a keeper aided boats and ships by tending the light. Families were born and raised as the work continued, the women's contribution unseen behind the spotlight. This lighthouse is a testament to the dedication of those men and women whose efforts helped and saved countless mariners.