Books published by the Canadian Coast Guard Newfoundland Region Alumni
Association Inc. can be purchased at the CCGAA Exhibit art gallery
located at Cape Spear, NL. They are books focused on lighthouses in
the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Through the fine artwork of Leslie Noseworthy, presented in full color,
you can visit many of the lighthouses and towers that once dotted our
coastline. The accompanying text briefly describes the history of those
structures, providing a glimpse into the hardships and triumphs of the
steadfast lighthouse keepers and the remarkable structures they called
A recognized artist and businessman based in Newfoundland and Labrador,
Mr Noseworthy has dedicated a significant amount of time and creative effort
to capture in pencil and paint the lighthouses bequeathed to this province
as part of its maritime history.
The origional works of art are permanently displayed at the gallery.
Let There Be Light
The North Atlantic has been a bountiful resource for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The cost of this bounty is sweat and toil, and all to often, grave peril and death. But mariners along the coastline are guided by a dependable alley in their struggle with the sea. Since 1813 lighthouses in the Province have helped to guide vessels and their crews along the sometimes treacherous and fog-bound coast. The Canadian Coast Guard currently operates fifty five major lightstations in Newfoundland and Labrador, of which, twenty three are staffed by the Region's sixty nine lightkeepers. Eighteen of the staffed stations are accessible by road. Thirty two lightstations are unstaffed.
Today, with the advent of modern technology, manned lighthouses are being replaced by automatic signaling instruments. No longer does a keeper and his family or his assistant live in isolation year in and year out to keep the beacon shining. However, their contribution to our maritime history will not be forgotten. The brushstrokes of Leslie Noseworthy have captured the essence of Newfoundland and Labrador and its seafaring tradition. For centuries, mariners have relied upon these lights to return them to their families onshore. The lighthouses, and the people who operate them, are testament to our survival on these rugged shores, and their stories are told in these remarkable paintings.
Sentinels of the Strait
Known to early mariners as the Isle Of Demons, Belle Isle is barely visible from the tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula. This small island was an important landfall in the mid-19th century for cargo ships and passenger liners that steamed through the Strait of Belle Isle following the shortest, and possibly the most treacherous, route between Europe and the St. Lawrence.
In the 1850's the Canadian Government built a series of great lighthouses along the strait to help mitigate the danger. Belle Isle Southwest Light Station was one of the first and most important of these. In 1905 a second light station was built fifteen kilometers away on the northwest end of the island.
Now thanks to these detailed, sympathetic sketches by artist Leslie H Noseworthy, and the support of his partner, the Canadian Coast Guard Newfoundland Region Alumni Association, this book does much to illuminate the history of these outposts and to ensure that they will not be forgotten. Enter the abandoned buildings: look out from the tower to the spectacular Ledges: see fishermen's boats overturned in Black Joke: glimpse children's swings abandoned to tip hauntingly in the persistent wind: experience all that remain's of the historic structures and the self-reliant families who kept the light for these sentinels of the strait.
Facing the Sea
In Facing The Sea, authors Harold Chubbs and Wade Kearly have captured an important era in the maritime history of Newfoundland and Labrador. These tales of rescue and tragedy, of love lost and redeemed, describe first-hand what life was like for the lightkeepers and their families in twenty-five lightstations along the exposed and often inhospitable coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most of these stories are told here for the first time in print, and each story is rich with new details and insights from the perspective of these remarkable men and women.