Guest Blog - Ship Crossings at Crossover

Lorraine Hajek is a contributing blogger who resides near tha landmark lighthouse on Crossover Island. For the past 8 years her family has made the 1000 Islands near Crossover Island a full-time home. Check back here for insight and news from Crossover through the eyes of our Guest Blogger!

June 4, 2012

This weekend was rainy and cool--so much so that we had to light our woodstove. However, anyone that lives here or has visited here often knows that even on dreary days, brightness comes in the way of seeing wonderful things.

Yesterday my favorite ship, CSL Niagara, came by. Out came the amber light and airhorn, and as usual I was thrilled by the salute I received in return. I snapped a picture to share with all of you.

Close to 9:00 p.m. last night, I heard a loud thumping and knew it was the submarine I was waiting to see. Out of the rainy haze, the HMCS Ojibwa was approaching Crossover, towed by the tug, Florence M. Even on a barge, she was impressive! My friend on the Canadian side, Peter of Ed Huck Marine, was watching and listening as well. His home is directly across the river from mine, and we often signal and salute ships together. Because of the weather and darkness, the picture I took isn't the greatest quality. If you want to learn more about the Ojibwa, here is a link with wonderful pictures and information.

You can also visit the official HMCS Ojibwa Project site at

This week, the cruise ship, Yorktown will be coming by. in the 1000 Islands.

Lorraine Hajek, Guest Blogger

May 31, 2012 -


On a starry winter's evening, many years ago, I got my first look at Crossover Island. My husband (then boyfriend) was bringing me to his "camp" in the 1000 Islands for the first time, and I was excited. I had learned about the St. Lawrence in school, but never dreamed I'd get to see it one day. As I walked onto the deck, I remember saying it looked as though someone had tossed a thousand diamonds on velvet. Directly above the lighthouse tower was the Comet Hale-Bopp. I knew this was a sign that this was someplace very special--years later, I know I was right.

Crossover is the point where ships cross from the Canadian to the American channel. It consists of a boathouse, residence and lighthouse. Several years ago, I was privileged to read the memories of Ralph Hill, son of  D.D. Hill, keeper of the lighthouse from 1909 to 1931. He was a hero, not only for the over 400 rescues he recorded, but for raising his family there in very harsh conditions.

After living here (in the Islands) full-time for 8 years, it is still a magical place for me. The amazing sunsets, the squalls blowing across the river, the frozen winters, and a couple of times a year when the sun rises and hits the lighthouse glass--you can almost swear D.D. Hill has lit his tower one more time. Of course, there are the ships. I am blessed to have become friends with several of the captains and pilots. Last year, I started saluting them with my airhorn and rotating amber light--and when my friends salute me back, I feel honored and thrilled. It's my way of showing them my gratitude and appreciation.

My thanks to Michael Folsom for this opportunity to share my love for this special place. More stories are soon to come.....

Lorraine Hajek, Guest Blogger

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