The red and white lighthouse at Pointe-des-Monts, built in 1830, is one of the oldest lighthouses in North America.
Before lighthouses had electricity, men operated them.
Lighthouse keepers had many tasks: light the lamp at sunset and extinguish it at early dawn, fill the fuel tank, clean and polish the lenses, repaint the lighthouse, operate the foghorn, etc.
Often, he and his family lived near the lighthouse in the lightkeeper’s house.
Empress of Ireland
Measuring 167.3 m long and 20 m wide, she was one of the biggest ocean liners to make the crossing between England and Canada in 1914!
The Empress of Ireland could carry more than 1800 people and cross the Atlantic Ocean in only 4 days thanks to her two steam-engine-driven propellers.
For passenger safety, the vessel was equipped with 40 lifeboats and 2100 life jackets, with 150 for children.