Monday, September 30, 2019

Dawn at Dusk

As the days grow shorter, photo ops become more limited, but as luck would have it this evening, Norwegian Dawn sailed just as light was about to fail. I don't normally like "going away" shots, but there was a satisfactory glow on the ship, which was also lit up, and the light in the Maugher's Beach lighthouse* was flashing at the right moment, so I risked a shot.

Built in 2002 by Joseph L. Meyer in Papenburg the ship was to have been named Super Star Scorpio and was launched as Norwegian Star, but renamed on delivery to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The 92,580 gt ship carries 2,340 passengers and 1,032 crew. It received a major refurbishment in 2016.
It is notable as the first ship to carry what is loosely termed "hull art". Curmudgeonly traditionalists (can you name one?) decried this senseless defacement, but to no avail. It sells.

The ship is a popular one and a regular caller during Halifax's annual cruise season.

* Built in 1941 the current Maugher's Beach lighthouse is the second in this location and is 54 feet high, 57 feet above the water, depending on the tide. There has been a rudimentary light in this position since about 1815, placed on a military Martello tower gun battery.The first actual light house was lit in 1828 and a fog signal was added in 1889. The last keeper vacated the site in 1983 when the facility was automated. The light has exhibited different characteristics over the years, from flashing white to fixed red. Its current "flashing yellow" characteristic has been displayed since 1992. It is also now solar powered.
In 1851 Nova Scotian Abraham Gesner, the inventor of kerosene, used the light to test his newfound fuel, which eventually came to be used the world over.

The exposed position of Maugher's Beach has resulted in severe damage over the years, requiring major repairs. The spit of land it sits on (known as Hangman's Beach) has been reinforced with boulders, but is often awash in storms and was breached by Hurricane Juan in 2003. The light is now only accessible by boat or helicopter. I have heard no reports of similar damage from Hurricane Dorian earlier this month.


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