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Pennant Harbour Lighthouse

The first light to mark the entrance to Pennant Harbour was of the pepper-shaker style and was built in 1903 at a cost of $384. Peter Angus Gray was hired as the first keeper at an annual salary of $100. Keeper Gray minded the light until 1920, when a relative, J. C. Gray assumed responsibility for the beacon.

Lillian I. Gray was appointed keeper in 1941 and served in this role until the light was electrified and automated on January 1, 1965. Lillian's role was then downgraded to that of caretaker, and her salary was likewise reduced to $115, one-fifth of her former salary. When the position of caretakers was abolished in 1967, the sixty-two year run of keepers from the Gray family ended.

The original tower was replaced by the present fiberglass one in 1991.


  1. Lighthouses & Lights of Nova Scotia, E.H. Rip Irwin, 2003.

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