Betty Island Lighthouse c.1995

Betty Island light is shown from a white pyramidal tower, 30ft high. This is the third lighthouse on this station.

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History

The original tower, lit in 1875 was a tapered square wood tower, white, with 2 red bands, attached to a keeper's house. This tower was replaced in 1939 by a square wood dwelling with a lantern on the apex of the roof. The house was removed before the light was automated in 1983. 


Betty Island Lighthouse Locator Map

South Shore, 3 km off Prospect, on Brig Point, the outer tip of Betty's Island. Betty Island, 92 feet high and mainly wooded, lies off the entrance to Prospect Bay. 


BETTY ISLAND I - Light Details

  • Location: 3 km off Prospect, on Brig Point
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1875
  • Year Lit: 1875
  • Structure Type: Tapered square wood tower, white, 2 red bands
  • Light Characteristic: Revolving Red (1922)
  • Tower Height: 054ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 075ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1883 - catatropic light, revolving red, 14m - 1913 - fog signal established
  • 1922 - catatropic lens, revolving red (120s), 9m, hand fog horn
  • 1927 - alteration of some form - 1930 - hand fog signal
  • 1939 - replaced

BETTY ISLAND II - Light Details

  • Location: 3 km off Prospect, on Brig Point
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1939
  • Year Lit: 1939
  • Structure Type: Lantern, on roof of square wood dwelling
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 042ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 063ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1939 - replaced original tower of 1875
  • 1941 - catatropic lens, flashing white (30s), 13m, hand fog horn
  • 1960 - 1965 - hand fog horn in answer to vessels
  • 1990 - 1992 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, flashing white (30s), fog horn

BETTY ISLAND III - Light Details

  • Location: 3 km off Prospect, on Brig Point
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1985
  • Began: 1981
  • Year Lit: 1981
  • Structure Type: Square tapered white wooden bulding. Red lantern.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1981 - replaced tower of 1939

Lightkeepers for Betty Island Lighthouse

  • Christian, Patrick 1875 - 1904
  • Christian, John L. 1901
  • Christian, Patrick Edward 1904 - 1920
  • Clancey, Jack
  • Coolen, George 1940 - 1953
  • Kiley, Victor 1953 -1966
  • Ingram, ? 1966 - 1969
  • Bartlett, Eldon 1969 - 1978
  • Dorey, Max 1978 - 1983
  • Majors, Harry 1978 - 1983

Highlights

  • County: HRM
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of Water: Prospect Bay
  • Scenic Drive: Lighthouse Route
  • Site Access: By Boat
  • Characteristic:
  • Tower Height:
  • Height Above Water:
  • Latitude: 44~26~19.7
  • Longitude: 63~46~00.4
  • Off Shore: Yes
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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