Posts tagged “shoreline

2012 Photo Challenge – Stone Lighthouse on the Shore

Stone Lighthouse on the Shore by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Stone Lighthouse on the Shore

This pretty stone lighthouse, my favourite from the day I was on Pelee Island, was constructed in 1833. It is the oldest stone lighthouse on Lake Erie and the second oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes on the Canadian side. It was built to guide vessels through the dangerous Pelee Passage, a 20-mile channel that runs between Pelee Island and the Ca
nadian mainland.

The lighthouse’s first keeper, William McCormick, was also the man who donated the land for the lighthouse to be built on along with the stone used to build the tower.

There is a story that says that a young Robert E. Lee visited Pelee Island in July of 1835 to work on a boundary survey for United States and Canada. When he visited the lighthouse he encountered the keeper. Whether the keeper was unfriendly or Lee provoked him is unclear, but an altercation occurred and Lee killed the keeper. Whether Lee was cleared of any charges or left before he could be charged with a crime is also unclear, but local records indicate that Lee stole a few glass lampshades before leaving.

Over the years the lighthouse had a number of keepers but one of the most noteworthy was James Cummins, who was awarded a gold watch by the Dominion of Canada for gallant services in saving lives of people from two different shipwrecks.

Pelee Island lighthouse sat in disrepair from 1909 until August of 2000 when it was taken off the list of the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses, after being restored.

*This brief history of the lighthouse was quoted from the following website:


2012 Photo Challenge – Innukshuks and Blue Sky

Innukshuks and Blue Sky by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Innukshuks and Blue Sky

These Innukshuks (aka Stonemen) have been built by students along the shoreline on Pelee Island as a testament to the island’s perseverance. Among all of these stonemen (not shown), there is a huge one that I would guess is between 10 and 12 feet tall. Quite a sight!

2012 Photo Challenge – Coastline

Coastline by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd


The coastline on Pelee Island is simply beautiful! Love the rocks and waves crashing up on them as well as the blue sky.

2012 Photo Challenge – Crashing Waves

Crashing Waves by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Crashing Waves

Crashing waves roll onto the rocky shoreline of Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Barn Swallows

These cute little guys were flitting around near the dock in Leamington, Ontario.