Lofty spent a couple of years at isolated Ikeda.
Harris Photos 1 to 25
"Lofty" Harris was born in Nova Scotia in 1893. He started his career at the Victoria Wireless Station in February 1912. He was at Dead Tree from March 1912 to May 1913. In June of 1913 Harris moved across to Digby Island and in February 1914 he shifted down to Alert Bay. His posting there was short as in March 1914 he was posted to Triangle Island. August 1915 he shipped down south to Point Grey where he stayed for two years. In October 1917 he moved up to Estevan until at least February of the following year. His next posting was up in Ikeda from at least June 1918 through to August 1919. [I got these dates from his early photo album notes.]
001 1914 view of Triangle Island's residences from the light tower. Nearest building is the wireless operator's residence and beyond that, the wireless transmitter/operations building. The old outhouse is perched on the left hand cliff, while on the right the tramway drops down to the beach.
A photo collage from the Victoria Times December 17, 1910 is here.
005 A letter with the results of Lofty's
radio certificate examinations. He didn't do too well on the traffic handling portion, but
that section of the exam was based more on procedures whereas the other areas were more cut and
dried. He wasn't the first to have difficulty with that section.
On the reverse were details on where to re-sit the examination. Operators around the world sat similar exams due to the global nature of wireless. See 006 below.
006 Place of examination. Hughes Bros Radio
School, N.E. Cor. Main and Hastings St. (upstairs), Vancouver, BC.
First Exam after the Berlin Convention of 1912.
007 Lofty's First Class Certificate issued in 1955. He would have been 62 at the time.
008 Second page of Lofty's First Class Certificate issued in 1955.
009 Hand written note under left photo: "Triangle Isd.
Transmitter gear July 1915"
Printed note next to right photo: "After Herb Dawe Installed Synch. Rotary Gaps."
Photos are shown below as 11 & 12. Page shown for context.
010 Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below.
011 Triangle Island's spark transmitter in July 1915. Synchronous park gap is mounted on the left end of the belt driven generator. High voltage transformer and capacitor bank on the floor behind. Tuning inductor and coupling transformer mounted on the wall. The horizontal item containing two bars and a slider, mounted below the two big boxes on the wall, is a variable inductance. Each bar is wire wound inductor and is used to fine tune the transmitter frequency--the electrical characteristics of the antenna determines the transmitter frequency. Belt and pulley visible on right hand end of generator. The belt would have gone to a similar, but larger diameter, pulley on the Fairbanks-Morse engine.
012 Triangle must have had two transmitters as this one is located in a different spot than the photo above. See Bowerman's photo 277 to see the drive belts in place.
013 "Digby Island Marine Station, 1914" This would be the view from the wireless station looking in a south direction. The marine station looked after the local navigational aids.
014 "SS Prince Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island. Salvage Queen (ex 'Tees') astern."
015 SS Prince Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island.
016 SS Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island. From the series of photos it appears these three photos were taken on a vessel as it passed by the incident. Vessel went ashore on March 23, 1917. See also Harris photo 67 for the fourth photo in this series.
017 Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below. Pachena landing above and Bamfield Cable station below.
018 Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below. Views of Pachena Point Light & Wireless Station.
019 Pachena Light & Wireless station landing.
020 Bamfield Cable Station. From here an underwater cable went to Fanning Island, and thence to Australia. Signals were sent through the wire by making and breaking a current in a Morse Code fashion. Similar cables spanned the Atlantic and up to the time of wireless, this was the only quick method of communication between continents.
021 Wireless operations building at Pachena. Photo 022 is taken from the porch of this building, looking back at the light tower.
022 View of Pachena Light Station, taken from the Wireless building.
023 View of the Digby Station as seen from the ocean. "Digby Island, Prince Rupert, BC. June 1913 to Feb. 1914"
024 "Dead Tree Point BC March 1912-May 1913." "Photo taken by Ed Ashton."
025 Album page showing 1912 photos of the Queen Charlotte City area. Skidegate was a few miles to the east.