The Old Oil House

by Jorge Moro September. 20, 2011 4146 views

I actually sat and spend some time here wondering about the hard life of a light keeper. The building with the white tower is part of the oil house – the oil that ran the original light. A schooner would pull up as close to the rocks as the captain would dare and a hose would be somehow passed to the shore. That is how the oil tank well was filled. The light keeper had to, with buckets, get it to the TOP of the lighthouse which is way off to the left. Not only that, but the lighthouse keepers also placed their lives at risk during shipwrecks where they attempted to save those that were thrown into the water, All for a place to live, and about $500 bucks a year.
If you don't know what the surf is like here, I will be posting some shots of the surf taken right from this same point on a “calm” day. I can't imagine when the weather turns bad, or a nor'easter kicks up. My hats off to these keepers of the past.

Oil House. Maine. Panasonic Lumix LX5, 1/400th second, F4.0, ISO 80 with a warming Polarizer

Fog Bell. Panasonic Lumix LX5, 1/400th second, F4.0, ISO 80, Warming Polarizer

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Sara G 8 years ago

They had a rough job! Love #2..

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Jazzy Trekker 8 years ago

Your colors are so vivid and beautiful.

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Huiching 8 years ago

The shots look colorful. But the story behind is so timid and fearful.

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 8 years ago

Exquisitely photographed,excellent perspective!!l

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Glo B 8 years ago

loving the perspective in the first shot....but both shots are really lovely and colourful!

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Yves Monast 8 years ago

nice set and great history lesson thanks....
looking forward to see the next pics of the waves...

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