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Weeks-Mifflin, Mary and Ray Mifflin.

Erin (Ont.). Boston Mills Press, c1986. 60pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-919783-45-7. CIP

Grades 6 and up
Reviewed by Neil V. Payne

Volume 14 Number 6
1986 November

The Light on Chantry Island is a history of a major landmark on Ontario's Georgian Bay, the eighty-six-foot limestone block lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour at Southampton. The Chantry Island light was one of six major lights built in the 1850s on Georgian Bay (the area was being settled rapidly and the only transportation routes were by water) in a waterway known as a graveyard of ships. This book tells how the light became necessary as the toll of ships increased with the growing population and increased shipping. It tells about the life of lighthouse keepers on the island and the spectacular disasters and rescues that occurred after the building of the light.

The authors are sailors, swimmers, and divers who became interested in this local landmark as a result of numerous visits to the area to pursue their recreational interests.

The book is an interesting, easy to read one that is profusely illustrated by historical photographs, maps, and diagrams. It is a good example of a well-produced local history that will also be valuable for those interested in Ontario's development, the Great Lakes, or Canada's maritime history.

Neil V. Payne, Kingston C.V.I., Kingston,Ont.
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