Dec 21, 2012
St George Reef Lighthouse
Information given by the Rosicrucians about St George Reef Lighthouse
This desolate and foreboding lighthouse stands in extremely dangerous rocky terrain, despite being constantly battered on all sides by frigid waters and gale force winds. It was the only thing that stood between incoming ships and the dangerous rocks which had swallowed them for years and was the most expensive lighthouse ever built in the region.
Those who were brave enough to man this desolate position put their lives in constant risk and many slowly lost their minds due to the extreme conditions and utter isolation. The lighthouse was built in such an inhospitable place in order to prevent another large shipwreck like that of the Brother Jonathan – a steamer which was dashed upon the rocks in 1865 resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives.
During St. George’s construction, several workers lost their lives, a few went insane, and many more applied for transfers-or just plain walked off the job as soon as they got back to land. The construction was erratic but in the end it stood well over twelve stories tall when its beacon was first lit in 1891. It cost twice the estimated sum to build and was the most expensive lighthouse in the area at the time. This money did not make it safer, though, and throughout its years of operation at least five keepers lost their lives, as did many while travelling to and from the remote location carrying supplies. In 1923, after a huge storm brought waves that reached over 70 feet high and swept the the engine house right off its foundation, the lighthouse gained a reputation for not only being the most expensive in the west, but also the most dangerous.