Louisbourg Lighthouses – by Bill O’Shea

This piece is part of the Heritage Notes series which covered local history topics and was published by the Louisbourg Heritage Society. Previous pieces about the history of Louisbourg’s lighthouses were published by Bill O’Shea in the 1990’s. This piece was published on August 13th, 2005.

Download a free digital copy of this 8 page history of lighthouses in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Recently, Gary LeDrew of Louisbourg reached out to me to inform me that his father, Harold LeDrew was the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper from 1945-47. In this picture (sent to me by Gary), you can see Gary at the lighthouse.

The writer:

William A. O’Shea was a researcher, historian, and manager for Parks Canada / Heritage Canada. His professional life was dedicated to learning more about and teaching Canada about the history of our country. One of his personal passions has always been to learn more about local histories and share them with the broader community. He was a founding member of the Louisbourg Heritage Society, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Louisbourg (Nova Scotia) and wrote many books and articles about the town of Louisbourg and the surrounding area. He called Louisbourg home for more than 30 years. Until his passing on October 14th, 2019, he resided in Cornwall, Ontario near his home town of Long Sault, Ontario. 

William A. O’Shea (Bill O’Shea) – historian, writer, researcher

I thought this wonderful YouTube video and fantastic project capturing the lighthouses of Nova Scotia would make a nice addition to this post (Kevin O’Shea):

“Filmed on a day when the beacon was shrouded in fog and surrounded by tumultuous waves in May 2016 for our #NSLighthouseProject, experience the coastline, rocky terrain, ocean and lighthouse at Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.”

This site is maintained by Kevin O’Shea (son of Bill O’Shea).

Contact Kevin (email): makingbetterteachers@gmail.com

Twitter: @madformaple


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