Georges Island Lighthouse

Georges Island, Nova Scotia - 1917 (1876**)

Photo of the Georges Island Lighthouse.

History of the Georges Island Lighthouse

Dennis Kent has provided some history of this lighthouse:

This light can easily be seen from the Halifax Harbour Front. The first light here was built in 1876. It was destroyed in a 1916 fire. A temporary light filled in until the current tower was operational in 1918. The tower is 52 feet and the light is 56 feet above the water line. This light was a white light from 1922 until 1941 with a 4th order dioptric lens. The light was changed to a flashing green light until 1977 when it was changed to a fixed white light. The light was automated in 1972. In 1973 the south side facing the harbour entrance was painted with a red day mark. An electric lantern was installed in 1992.

The fog signal was in the bottom level of the lighthouse. In the late 1950's it was moved to a separate structure behind the lighthouse.

Lightkeepers for Georges Island Lighthouse Front Range Light:

  • Ross, Robert (1876-1920)
  • Ross, J. (1921)
  • Ross, S. (1921)
  • Nolan, W.H. (1920-1946)
  • Edwards, E.J. (1946)
  • Bedgood, H.J. (1946)
  • Matthews, V.M. (1946-1964)
  • Barkhouse, D.D. (1964 -1972)

Directions: This lighthouse is best viewed by boat, but distant views are available from the southern end of Halifax's boardwalk.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 54.00'
Focal Plane: 58'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 44.64000 N
*Longitude: -63.56000 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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