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More Postcards from Peggy’s Cove

Eurodam called at Halifax yesterday, and here are more of Pam’s beautiful photos from Peggy’s Cove.

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.

While no doubt the most well-known lighthouse in Canada and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, the history of the light at Peggy’s Cove is little known. Various versions account for the name. Peggy is the nickname for Margaret and the community may have acquired the name from nearby Saint Margaret’s Bay. Other accounts suggest Peggy was an early settler. A popular romantic version says a woman named Peggy was the only survivor of a shipwreck, and there are American families that even claim to be descents from the shipwrecked Peggy.

Captain van Donselaar in front of Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was erected in 1868 to mark the eastern entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. While best known as the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, it remains officially know as the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, as its purpose is to mark the point, not the cove. The first lighthouse was a wooden tower, built atop a keeper’s dwelling at the point. This structure was replaced by the present tower in 1915. The lighthouse was manned until 1958 when it became automated.

Had Captain van Donselaar been at the helm, we’re sure this boat would not have run aground!

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