Jack Bowerman's Photo Album

251   Race Rocks Lightstation. This light marked the end of the Juan de Fuca Strait for east bound vessels. Race Rocks is south of Victoria, B.C., more or less the southern extremity of Vancouver Island. The lattice work tower on the right hand is the fog alarm building.  It may have been erected to elevate the horn in an attempt to eliminate dead spots.  It is strange but true, a horn which is clearly audible in one direction, cannot be heard a short distance away in another direction.

252   Estevan Point power house soon after completion, I figure, since the floors are clean and there are no storage shelves or maintenance bits and pieces lying about. See photo 370 for a view from the far wall.

253   Album plate--applicable photos edited off and appear elsewhere on site.

254   Winch man. Cable almost all the way out--not a good idea as it could slip out of its anchor. Back of photo is 255.

255   Reverse of 254. "This speaks for itself sometimes. LWS" Addressed to E.J.Haughton (Radio Superintendent) from L.W.Stephenson, Radio Engineer, October 12, 1912.

256   High tension transformer box on the right, protection reactors sitting on the insulators, the spark gap (non-synchronous) and then a number of capacitors stacked along the left hand side. Above them are the antenna tuning inductances on the wall--tuning effected by the plug lead. Cape Lazo, March 30, 1911.

   There were thousands of volts between those heavy copper bars, so for safety's sake this gear was kept in a sperate room.

257   See 256.

258   Digby Island radio site sitting on the hill to the left. Department of Marine depot buildings in the distance.

259   Mr. Walter Lambert. In 1925 he became the first instructor of Room 19, King Edward High School, in Vancouver. This course turned out many radio operators over the years.

It could be his wife, Ellen (d.1943).

260   Mr. Walter Lambert in uniform. See 268 for reverse inscription.

261   Unknown site but serves as an excellent photograph of a typical wireless coast station of the 1908-15 period. Motor/generator and capacitor bank under the table. High voltage transformer and output coil on top with the rotary spark gap between them. Aerial loading coil mounted on the wall above transmitter. Marconi 107a tuner (crystal receiver) at right center. See Technical section for an explanation how all this worked. This may not be a Dominion Station as they would have the transmitter in an other room.

262   --was a duplicate

263   --was a duplicate

264    Merry Island lighthouse had a radio station for a short period. There was a lot of vessel traffic northwards in the Gulf of Georgia from Vancouver Harbour and this station was put in place to provide better coverage in that area. I think it was a radiophone, and not a Morse station.

265   Merry Island is about 50 miles north of Vancouver, on the mainland side of the Gulf of Georgia.


266  Intentionally blank.

267  Merry Island's radio mast.

268   Reverse of 260. Latin quote from the Roman writer "Horace".

  269   Album plate--applicable photos edited off and appear elsewhere on site.

   270   Album plate--applicable photos edited off and appear elsewhere on site. Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia.  Barrington station was located at the south end of Nova Scotia.  Its purpose was to communicate with vessels in the Atlantic.  The station and its buildings are long gone, but Wireless Station Road still exists.

271   Four fine lads. Top right is Jack Bowerman and, sitting in front of him I think, is Harold Tee.

272   Duplicate of 054. Old Point Grey operations building. BC Mills prefab building. The contractors building the stations often used these prefab buildings. The buildings were packaged for easy transport and were quickly erected on site.  Each interlocking panel joint was covered by a vertical strip of wood clearly visible in the photo.

273   Unknown radio operations desk--could be Triangle. Vertical boards cover the joints in the prefabricated building's sections. English Marconi Multiple Tuner on the right and what may be a Marconi 107a tuner on the left. Big handle in the middle is the transmit/receive switch.

   Push button on the left was used to alert the engineer to start the motor generator for transmitter power.

274   Lighthouse/Buoy tender Estevan. Location is Bull Harbor, looking westward towards the harbour entrance.  She was no doubt dropping off station supplies.

275   Motley crew. For a change, there are no double barreled shotguns in evidence.