|Bell house prior to 1922 at the extreme easten end of the peninsula. |
The photo was posted to the Facebook group - Old Grand Manan Photos
|Close-up of bell house on northern side of lighthouse. Elmer Wilcox photo, 1958.|
|Bell house and fog bell on northern side of Swallowtail light house. Elmer Wilcox photo, 1958|
|Light keeper, Grimmer Ingersoll, and friends moving bell in 1980, |
eventually getting it to the Grand Manan Museum
|Terry Davidson and George Best beginning the bell deck|
|Finished bell deck awaiting the bell|
|M.G. Fisheries boom truck that moved the bell from the Grand Manan Museum|
to the top of the stairs leading to Swallowtail. Randy Brownlee photo.
Calls were made to a few people to pass the word about this special event. Over a dozen people watched as the helicopter arrived to survey the pick up location and the bell deck. Because of the weight of the bell, only the pilot and one crew member was aboard to do the lifting. One person was at the bell to hook up the cable and two were at the bell deck to position the moving bell onto the stand.
|Jamie McCavour grabbing hook from Canadian Coast Guard helicopter|
|Jamie McCavour, Canadian Coast Guard, hooking up cable to bell before lifting|
|The Grand Manan ferry, Grand Manan Advenutre going around Swallowtail as bell |
was being brought in a wide arc to the bell deck. Note the bell house is attached to the lighthouse.
|Bronze fog bell lifting into air. Martha Eaton photo.|
|Canadian Coast Guard helicopter taking bronze fog bell to the bell deck in a wide arc.|
|Steve Lloyd and Bob Hebert (Canadian Coast Guard) coordinating the landing of the fog bell on the stand|
|Bob Hebert (Canadian Coast Guard) unhooking the cable on the fog bell once it was positioned on the stand.|
Here are two videos taken of the move
(pick up of the bell from the top of the hill by the Coast Guard helicopter).
I walked down to the see the bell in position and had a great sense of accomplishment as I came over the rise and saw the bell. While the bell is slightly off centre, that can be fixed. I took great pleasure in ringing the bell for the first time since it had been removed from Swallowtail. The tone echoed nicely and while I don't have perfect pitch, the tone is supposed to be an F, according to the manufacturer, Meneely Bell Company of West Troy, NY.
|Canadian Coast Guard crew - Bob Hebert, Jamie McCavour, Paul Mosher (pilot) and Steve Lloyd|