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Organ, Pump


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Nom de l'objet : Organ, Pump
Catégorie de l'objet : T&E for Communication
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Musical T&E
Matériaux : Wood, Mahogany(?)
Metal
Plastic
Numéro de catalogue : WP.2008.001.01
Numéro d'accession : WP.2008.001.01
Date de début de production : c.1876
Description : Organ; wood, mahogany (?), metal, plastic; a large ornate organ; wooden roll top cover over keys; at base (c) located two floor pedals " both with an inset of upholstery material (red, gold, green); metal plate attached at lower end of each pedal, on left embossed "DOMINION" on right "ORGAN"; a wooden bi-fold slide door covers both pedals and is operated by closing the roll top over the keys; (c) above pedals are two wooden swing arms with tension bars, on each of the two arms is a circular white face plate marked "(B?)r. Organ" on left and "(B?)r. Swell" on right; in (c) are 36 white keys and 25 black keys, above these are 11 black knobs with white face plates, in black from left to right is painted on each face plate "Diapason"; "Bassoon"; "Viola"; "Dolcet"; "Bass Coupler"; Vor/Gumana(?)"; "Forte"; "Treble/ Coupler"; "Violina/2"; "Vor/ Celeste"; "Melodia"; in gold colored painted lettering above keys "Dominion" on left and "Bowmanville, Ont." on right; above the keys portion of the organ is a highly decorative wooden topper.
Commentaires : This organ was purchased by William MacDonald and his wife Mariah. The West Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1875, and in May 1876 it began operation. Over its manned lifespan, it saw only two keepers. The first keeper was William MacDonald who lived in the lighthouse during the summer months with his wife Mariah and their 8 children. William was keeper of the light for over 50 years, from 1876 until 1925 when he retired at the age of 79. The lighthouse was always a social place for those who visited port, and many visitors were entertained in the dwelling kitchen where stories of the sea, and the weather were the topics of discussion. The light keeper's wife, Mariah, was musically inclined, and would invite many visitors into the parlour, located just off the kitchen, to a song or two on the organ. Once of the songs Mariah would often sing was a hymn called "let the lower lights be burning". The Hymn was written after news of a tragic event was reported from one of the Ontario lighthouses. The story goes that one of the lighthouses on Lake Erie did not light the lower lights (or Range Lights) one storm evening. There were many ships out on the lake during that storm, and once such ship, seeing the upper lights, sailed towards shore. The ship came closer and closer searching for the lower lights to show him how close he was. With no lower lights on, the ship ran a shore and many lives aboard were lost. The hymn was written to remind those who keep the light to remember that they are responsible for the safe passage of many lives, and to keep the lower lights burning. This pump organ remained in the corner of the parlour for many years, when the keepers retired in 1925, the organ passed through the hands of decedents of William and Mariah until one of the descendants donated it back to the West Point Lighthouse Museum, for it to return to the same corner it sat when William and Mariah kept the lights burning
Hauteur : 212
Largeur : 131
Profondeur : 66
Translittération de l'inscription : metal plate attached at lower end of each pedal, on left embossed "DOMINION" on right "ORGAN
Établissement : West Point Lighthouse
Ville de l'établissement : O'Leary
Province de l'établissement : Prince Edward Island
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