Cranberry Islands Lighthouse

A dramatic photo, taken from a helicopter, when the station was complete.

Photo - © Courtesy Department of Fisheries and Oceans, The Cranberry Islands Light Station


Cranberry Islands Lighthouse Locator Map


CRANBERRY ISLANDS I - Light Details

  • Location: North part of island, off Cape Canso
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1883
  • Year Lit: 1883
  • Structure Type: Octagonal tower, red & white bands, dwelling attached
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1882)
  • Tower Height: 060ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 075ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1857 - 2 vertical fixed lights, Argand lamps
  • 1864 - fog signal established (NS's first)
  • 1883 - destroyed by fire, temporary lights from skeleton tower

CRANBERRY ISLANDS II - Light Details

  • Location: On south point of island, east entrance to Canso
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1815
  • Year Lit: 1815
  • Engineer: Patrick Lannegan
  • Structure Type: Octagonal tower, red & white stripes
  • Light Characteristic: Occulting White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 078ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 089ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1883 - replaced original tower of 1815 that was destroyed by fire
  • 1911 - diaphone fog signal established, replaced horn of 1864
  • 1922 - 3rd order dioptric lens, group occulting white (30s), diaphone fog signal
  • 1929 - replaced by present tower

CRANBERRY ISLANDS III - Light Details

  • Location: On south point of island, east entrance to Canso
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1986
  • Began: 1929
  • Year Lit: 1929
  • Structure Type: Square concrete tower, white, red lantern, fog signal building attach
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 048ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 055ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1929 - replaced second tower of 1883 - 1937 - alteration of some form
  • 1941 - 1943 - 3rd order dioptric lens, flashing white (10s), 12m
  • 1992 - electric lantern, flashing white (15s), fog signal

Lightkeepers for Cranberry Islands Lighthouse

Hanlon, James XXXX1857XX

Highlights

  • County: Guysborough
  • Region: Eastern Shore
  • Body of Water: Chedabucto Bay
  • Scenic Drive: Marine Drive
  • Site Access: By Boat
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 048 ft
  • Height Above Water: 055 ft
  • Latitude: 45~19~29.6
  • Longitude: 60~55~38.2
  • Off Shore: Yes
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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