Queens' lighthouses captured for posterity

Barb McKenna barb.mckenna@tc.tc
Published on February 17, 2016

The Medway Head lighthouse, with waves crashing along the shore, as captured by a drone. It’s part of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Project.

LIVERPOOL - Larry Peyton is passionate about lighthouses.

 So passionate, he and his partner, Cory Webb, have taken it upon themselves to use a drone to videotape all 175 lighthouses in Nova Scotia. They’re then setting the videos to original music, written and performed by Webb, and posting the finished product on Youtube.

 Peyton says it all started when he was in Cape Breton on a soccer trip with his daughter last fall.

  “I knew there was a lighthouse close by where she had a scheduled game, so I decided hey we’ll stop and fly,” says Peyton.

  After the flight filming Low, Peyton discovered that the lighthouse would have been destroyed by the ocean within the next few years if the lighthouse heritage society hadn’t won money to preserve it.

 “So on the drive home, I got to thinking about the lighthouses, and I had no idea they were in such grave danger, a lot of them, so I thought it was a good project to take on, using new technology maybe to save old,” he says.

 “I’m hoping maybe we can bring some community awareness to and save, others I’m trying to show people in this province and outside this province that there’s a lot more than just Peggy’s Cove.”

 He says those lighthouses that won’t be saved, will at least be preserved on film.

 “We’ll be able to capture maybe their last gasp for the historical record,” he says.

 So far the team has captured 54 of the province’s lighthouses, including three in Queens County: Medway Head, Medway Head 1927, and Port Medway.

 There are eight lighthouses in Queens County and the pair plans to film them all.

 “This is something that we have taken on because we have a drone that can be used, and we love lighthouses and we love Atlantic Canada, no commercial gain whatsoever, just hobby.”

  The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Project has its own website. After each filming, they try to get a video up. The plan is to have a full compilation of all Nova Scotia lighthouses.

 Peyton says the project should take about a year to complete.

 “Queens has got a lot of beautiful lighthouses in the area,” he says.

“We want the people in the community to know about them, these are their lighthouses and ultimately these lighthouses really represent all of us on the East Coast. We want people in those communities to see what they have there. That’s what’s the most amazing thing about the drone,” he says.

 “Medway Head is a prime example because when you send a drone out and you see the rock faces and the surf pounding, you kind of go ‘wow, I understand why this is here now’,” he says.