This is Lime Kiln Lighthouse. To the southeast of here about 50 miles or so and nearer to the mainland is Deception Pass and a little blip called Ure Island. For previous generations, the numerous remote islands and waterways around these parts proved handy for various types of smuggling: opiates, booze, illegal Chinese immigrant labor…
In the late 19th-century Mr. Ben Ure conducted his own very successful trade in human contraband, headquartering at his little blip in the Pass, and hauling around his live product tied up in sacks — the easier to dispose of them by dumping them in the local waters, should the law come sniffing too close.
The tide carried the bodies up and away, depositing them on the northwest curve of our own island, in what became known as Dead Man’s Bay, which Lime Kiln Lighthouse overlooks.
It’s now a very popular spot for whale-watching.
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The Light at Dead Man’s Bay, c. 2013
Rollei Redbird 400