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Old 19 June 2007, 10:31   #11
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Aw nooooew, don't get me on that political rap!( and sorry to ribnet as well for straying off the subject), real shame though all the lovely country and ocean that we have, i suppose thats one reason why i love the ocean it gives me a great sense of freedom, something that is sadly diminishing at an alarming rate in Britain. I could probably think up and write a book that i would call 100 good reasons why to get the f--k out of Britain, yer now theres an idea it may become a best seller
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Old 19 June 2007, 12:04   #12
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And now they are trying to get rid of one of our last freedoms - that of going to sea with no hassle. Breath testing coming and next compulsory licences - then it will be speed limits and speed humps - whoops we have those already!!!
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Old 19 June 2007, 12:23   #13
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...speed humps - whoops we have those already!!!

You're saying that Tony Blair controls the waves now??? Impressive....
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Old 19 June 2007, 12:26   #14
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And from 2009 you will need a sea rod license!
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Old 19 June 2007, 12:37   #15
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And from 2009 you will need a sea rod license!
Here's a few calming pics from last Fall. I hate to see you guys get all riled up!

The first two are on a boat camping trip... It's rare to see bears on the islands, but there are a few there. This was probably a yearling... Made us wonder where Mom was...

The other two are from Cove Island, including the Cove Island Light. It was built in the 1880s and was the last manned light on the Great Lakes. The last Keeper still lives in town. It would make a great cottage... I'm just not sure how to connect the necessary swivel fittings to the "head" I would want to install at the top of the light. Talk about a room with a view!
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Hey Stoo, Rogan and I were just discussing the logistics of our trip up to Canada, mainly financial since working with sponsors has become a real pain in the . However, your pictures have really inspired me, what a gorgeous area. Do you do any underwater photography on your dives ?
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Old 21 June 2007, 07:50   #17
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That lighthouse looks fantastic - it would make a great house.

Loads have been sold off as homes in the UK. There are almost no manned ones left. There is one near us though - Nash Point lighthouse. It is only manned because they run all the Bristol Channel lighthouses from there.

It isn't really open to the public but if you ask nicely they show you around - stunning views!!!
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Old 21 June 2007, 10:15   #18
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Not too much anymore BB... Although I keep thinking I should start up again. The visibility is so great these days.. due to increasingly dry climate and Zebra mussels!

There are a number of good shots on-line if you Google up "Tobermory Shipwreck Photo"...

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I am not aware of any of the liights being sold. It is still in use of course, just automated. It's freshly painted and on occassion, there are groups use it. I think they were doing a migratory bird study out there recently.

As I mentioned, the last Keeper is still in town, and he will happily lend a key to the light to people he knows. It is a terrific view from the top!
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Old 21 June 2007, 10:16   #19
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That lighthouse looks fantastic - it would make a great house.

Loads have been sold off as homes in the UK. There are almost no manned ones left. There is one near us though - Nash Point lighthouse. It is only manned because they run all the Bristol Channel lighthouses from there.

It isn't really open to the public but if you ask nicely they show you around - stunning views!!!
175 year old lighthouse opens doors to the public
14 May 2007: Wales' last manned lighthouse, Nash Point, opens its doors to the public in its 175th anniversary year.

Wales’ last manned lighthouse, Nash Point on the south coast, has seen a return to the regular traipsing of feet up its 37 metre tower thanks to the introduction of organised tours.

The tours, which began at the start of the Easter holidays, are operated by Trinity House with the assistance of the Attendant Chris Williams, an ex Lighthouse Keeper, his colleagues and volunteers.

Trinity House has a policy of making its assets accessible to the public wherever possible and operates 10 Lighthouse Visitor Centres at various locations around the country, and Alderney in the Channel Islands. In addition passengers are also welcome on its flagship THV Patricia as she carries out her duties maintaining buoys and light ships around the coast.

Nash Point Lighthouse has been accommodating visitors on an ad hoc basis for some time but due to the increasing popularity of visits it has been decided to formalise the visitor arrangements to make it easier for people to plan their visits.

Said Chris, ‘Nash Point is a beautiful area of the country and we had a number of requests for visits to the lighthouse which we tried to accommodate where possible. By formalising the opening hours and structuring the tour we are ensuring that many more people can visit and enjoy this iconic, 19th century, historic building which is still serving a vital purpose today: namely safeguarding the mariner from the dangers of Nash Bank.’

For those wishing to spend longer than a day at Nash Point the disused Lighthouse Keepers cottages alongside have been modernised to high standard holiday lets, or for those thinking about longer-term commitments, Nash Point Lighthouse is licensed as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies.

The station’s Fog Signal, which is no longer an aid to navigation, has been restored and is sounded occasionally, when weather and environmental conditions allow, for the benefit of visitors, wedding parties etc.

The lighthouse is open for tours on selected days until 30 September 2007 when, except for organised visits by schools, special interest groups etc, it closes for the season.

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It is well worth a visit if you are up this way in the Bristol Channel
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That's interesting. The fog horn is still active at Cove Island. It's 7 miles from my place, and pointing in the opposite direction, but I can hear when I'm in bed on those "dark and stormy nights..." Beats the sound of traffic!

There's more about the Light Station here: http://coveisland.ca/
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