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Bayswater Lighthouse

Bayswater Lighthouse and McColgan Point Lighthouse, separated by just 2.8 km (1.7 miles), were both built in 1913 by B.R. Palmer of Tennant’s Cove. While McColgan Point Lighthouse was originally equipped with a sixth-order lens, a fifth-order lens was used in Bayswater Lighthouse. The towers are nearly identical, but the contract price for Bayswater was $825, while McColgan was built for $700.

Bayswater Lighthouse was deactivated in 2005. Besides the tower, Bayswater also has an interesting covered bridge, dating from 1920, that spans nearby Milkish Creek.

In 2010, a local community group was given a two-year lease on the lighthouse. They quickly erected scaffolding and painted the tower, and then landscaped the area in 2011.

The group began the process of obtaining the tower in 2012 under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act and paid roughly $500 a year to insure the lighthouse. In October 2016, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada removed the shingles from the lighthouse and discovered some of the beams in the structure had rotted through in some places. The DFO felt that removing the lighthouse was the only option it had but decided to preserve the lantern and foundation in case the community decided to rebuild the lighthouse. The local community protested the decision to remove the lighthouse and convinced the DFO to salvage the lighthouse. In 2018, the Government of Canada desingnated Bayswater Lighthouse a Heritage Lighthouse.

“More than just beacons for navigation, heritage lighthouses are an integral part of the maritime identity of Canadians,” said Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament. “The Bayswater Lighthouse has been in the community since 1914 and I am delighted with the fact that it is now designated a heritage lighthouse. The lighthouse served traffic along the beautiful Saint John River including a ferry, recreational, fishing and touring vessels and I am happy that our community will continue to protect an important piece of Canada's cultural maritime heritage.”

  1. “Government of Canada Announces New Heritage Lighthouse Designations," Parks Canada, June 4, 2018.

Information on Bayswater Lighthouse
History Light Characteristics Focal Height Nominal Range Description/Height of tower above ground
Erected in 1913. Inactive. Inactive. Inactive. White four-sided, tapered, “salt shaker” tower, with red lantern. 8.2 m. (26.9')

Keepers: F. E. Currie (1913 – at least 1923).

References

  1. Annual Report of the Department of Marine, various years.

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