Louisbourg Lighthouse

Canada - NS - Louisbourg Lighthouse


Louisbourg Lighthouse
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Louisbourg (4)1923 (station established 1734, although inactive 1758-1842). Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); white flash every 10 s. 17 m (55 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern is red. Historic lenses from the lighthouse are displayed at the Louisbourg Marine Museum in Louisbourg. Fog horn (blast every 20 s). Roy Tanaka’s photo appears at the top of this page, J.T. Frazer has posted a great photo, Illsley also has a fine photo, Jarvis has a photo, Anderson has a photo, a 2009 photo is available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. This is Canada’s oldest light station, established by France during the period when Cape Breton Island (then called Île Royale) was a French colony. The original lighthouse was a round stone tower 16.5 m (54 ft) tall. Unfortunately it had a wooden lantern, which caught fire in September 1736 destroying the structure. A new stone tower, 17 m (56 ft) tall, replaced it in 1738. It was heavily damaged during the second British siege of Louisbourg during the Seven Years (“French and Indian”) War in 1758, and it was never repaired. The third lighthouse, built under British rule in 1842, burned in 1922. Foundations of both the 1738 and 1842 lighthouses have been stabilized and preserved. The Louisbourg Lighthouse Society works for preservation of the lighthouse. Located at the end of Havenside Road on the north side of the entrance to Louisbourg harbor. Parking provided. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Canadian Coast Guard. ARLHS CAN-286; CCG 756; Admiralty H3344; NGA 9204. – The Lighthouse Directory

Canada - NS - Louisbourg Lighthouse - US stamps

Envelope and Stamp from Cape Cod, USA

Canada - NS - Louisbourg Lighthouse bck of envelope

Back of envelope – Highland Light, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

 Highland (Cape Cod) (3)1857 (station established 1797). Active; focal plane 183 ft (56 m); white flash every 5 s, day and night. 66 ft (20 m) round brick tower with lantern and gallery; VRB-25 aerobeacon. Tower painted white, lantern black. The 1st order Fresnel lens was largely destroyed during removal (1998); some pieces of it are on display at the museum on site. The original 1-1/2 story Queen Anne wood keeper’s house includes the museum and gift shop. A photo is at the top of this page, Anderson has a good page for the lighthouse with many photos, Trabas has a good photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a good satellite view. This is a historic and famous lighthouse, almost always called Highland Light although officially it was renamed Cape Cod Light in 1976. The Truro Historical Society has worked steadfastly to restore and protect the light. The light station was relocated 450 feet (137 m) west in 1996 to escape erosion of the bluff. In 2001, Campbell Construction repainted the lighthouse, renovated iron work, and restored the interior of the lantern. Located in the Highlands area of Cape Cod National Seashore atop a high cliff at the end of Highland Road, off US 6 in North Truro. Site open; tower and museum open daily mid May through mid October (free; fee to climb the tower). Owner: U.S. National Park Service. Site manager: Cape Cod Highland Light. ARLHS USA-110; Admiralty J0390; USCG 1-0500. – The Lighthouse Directory

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