Three more lighthouses in the province will be protected under Canada’s Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, the Government of Canada announced Wednesday in a news release.
© — Photo courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
The Long Point (Twillingate) Lighthouse, with its unique architecture, has been designated a heritage lighthouse.
Long Point in Twillingate, Fort Amherst in St. John’s and Cape Ray on the south coast are the three lighthouses given heritage status.
The Long Point lighthouse was built in 1876 and is a brick tower encased in reinforced concrete. It rises 331 feet above sea level, atop a cliff in Notre Dame Bay, and guides vessels into Twillingate harbour. According to the government release, it is still an important beacon for the local fishing industry, as well as a popular eco-tourism destination.
Fort Amherst lighthouse at The Narrows of St. John’s harbour was built in 1951. It’s a square, tapered, wooden tower and is at the site where a British military tower and battery once stood. It is the third lighthouse to be built on the site.
St. John’s harbour is active year-round and services a plethora of marine traffic, including that from the fishing, offshore oil and cruise ship industries.
The Cape Ray heritage lighthouse was built in the late 1950s. It is a freestanding, tapered, octagonal reinforced concrete tower mounted with an aluminum and glass lantern. The lighthouse guides international and coastal shipping vessels navigating the Cabot Strait at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act was adopted in 2008. Its purpose is to identify and protect federally owned lighthouses with heritage value.
These three lighthouses were designated on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.