Before all the lighthouses were automated, lighthouse keeper was a much sought-after career in Newfoundland. For one thing, it paid cash in what was mostly a barter economy.
It wasn't an easy job. At this particular lighthouse, the mechanism turning the wheel of lights was controlled by a counterweight. It took fifteen minutes to crank the counterweight all the way up, and it had to be done every two hours, all night long, 365 days a year.