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Item ID# A2012.124.003
Title 1952-1954 Cabot Head lightkeeper's diary
Object Name Diary
Dates of Creation April 1952 - December 1954
Creator Hopkins, Harry A.
Other Creators Canada. Department of Transport. Marine Services - Lighthouse
Kay, Albert L.
Description Cabot Head Lighthouse keeper's diary written in 1952.

The bottoms of some of the pages have been signed by Harry A Hopkins, while others are blank.

Each page reflects a different month and contains a separate line for every day. On each line has been recorded the time of extinguishing, time of lighting, length of time lighted, weather (usually the wind direction has been noted) and other remarks. At the bottom of each page is a space to record the quantity of oil used in the lighthouse and dwelling, and spaces for recording whether painting has been done or if there were absences.

Written on the front cover is: "Light House Diary 1952. Harry A. Hopkins, Albert L. Kay. 2 drain taps 1/2 copper to Garden hose / 30 linnel cappet strp or 1/4 round / 1 panes 20 x 20 glass." On the back cover is written: "Check all your drums and advise me by letter how many you have stating whether full or empty and what they do and did contained and company received from."

On October 15, 1954 (day Hurricane Hazel struck), "strong gale" is noted.


Admin/Biographical History Harry Hopkins was Cabot Head lighkeeper from 1951 to 1982.
Provenance Brent Skippen, Cabot Head lightkeeper from 1982-1987, gave this document to Friends of Cabot Head in 2012. Friends of Cabot Head then donated the item to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre.
Physical Description 0.3 cm of textual records - 27 x 21.5 cm
Restrictions on Use Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Subjects Hurricanes
Lighthouse keepers
Lighthouses
Storms
Weather
People Hopkins, Harry
Kay, Albert L.
Place Bruce Peninsula
Cabot Head
St. Edmunds Township
Level of Description Item