This little lighthouse is one of 2 firsts for Canada! .
Built in 1915 by the Dominion Lighthouse Depot in Ontario, it was the first cast iron lighthouse in Canada! .
It sat on St Paul’s Island, located 18 miles off the coast of Dingwall, NS. .
St Paul’s Island is deceiving and treacherous! Only 1/3 of it is visible, and many shipwrecks occurred due to its mountain and rock hidden in the ocean’s depth. .
So many shipwrecks occurred in the area, St Paul’s was nicknamed the “graveyard of the gulf.”
A lighthouse was needed. Two were built of wood and placed on either end of the island. The southwest one burnt down. .
This lighthouse replaced it in 1915. Cast iron was used as a material that could withstand the elements of St Paul’s, yet be relatively light and easy to install. .
It arrived in several parts, which were hoisted to the island using a pulley system, then put together. According to Ruby at St Paul’s Island Museum, we’re still not sure to this day how this lighthouse was fastened to its base on St Paul’s Island. Such would have been a difficult task even with today’s modern technology! .
This lighthouse, proudly sitting on the southwest of St Paul’s Island, lit the way for many a sailor from 1915 until 1982
In 1982 it was moved to the waterfront of Dartmouth. It made its way to Dingwall in 2011.
In 2012, St Paul’s Island’s southwest lighthouse became the first in Canada in receive heritage designation! .
All of this achieved by a little lighthouse, sitting in a little community, made by a Canadian company! .
Wasn’t a bad way to spend Canada Day! .
To learn more, check out St Paul’s Island Museum in Dingwall, NS, off the Cabot Trail.
Free daily tours are offered! .
St Paul’s Island Lighthouse Heritage designation from the Government of Canada: https://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/lhn-nhs/pp-hl/~/media/progs/lhn-nhs/pp-hl/pdf/HLP-PPP_043_EN-SOS.ashx
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