Big Tub Lighthouse, built in 1885, is located at Lighthouse Point near Tobermory and marks the entrance to Big Tub Harbour in Lake Huron, Ontario. When this lighthouse was built this community was very small, and the only permanent residents at Tobermory were Charles Earl and Abraham Davis. However, due to the location here and the fact that the biggest industries at this time for Canada were fishing, logging, and shipping, this area quickly grew in to a bustling port community.
The function of the Big Tub Lighthouse was to guide the ships transporting goods and people in and out of the harbour without any accidents happening or any cargo being lost to the sea. Before the Big Tub Lighthouse, there was just a lantern on top of a long pole to guide the ships, and it was Charles Earl's job to keep it running all the time. He was paid about $1,000 a year to hold this position, and that was considered a lot of money back then.
However, in 1885, when the first version of the Big Tub Lighthouse was built, the job of the light keeper was given to Abraham Davis, and he was considered Charles Earl's biggest rival. Abraham Davis held the job for 10 years until he went missing on a trip and the job was passed to another. The light became automated here in 1952 and has stayed burning brightly ever since. The bustling port community has died down somewhat as the industries of shipping, logging and fishing have died down as well, but the Big Tub Lighthouse continues to do its job and guide ships every day.
Big Tub Lighthouse (1885) at Lighthouse Point near Tobermory marking the entrance to Big Tub Harbour, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/320 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 46mm.
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