PICTOU BAR LIGHTHOUSE

1903 - 2004

This lighthouse burned to the ground, July 5, 2004


Location

At the mouth of Pictou Harbour, Pictou County

Octagonal wood tower, red & white stripes, 55 feet high. The first tower of 1883 was replaced by the present tower in 1904.

This tower burned to the ground the evening of July 5, 2004.


PICTOU BAR I - Light Details

  • Location: End of bar, south entrance to harbour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1833
  • Year Lit: 1834
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, red & white stripes
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1883)
  • Tower Height: 055ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 065ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1857 - 7 Argand lamps, catatropic lens
  • 1883 -
  • 1904 - replaced by present tower

PICTOU BAR II - Light Details

  • Location: Stood on the end of bar, south entrance to harbour.
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1993
  • Began: 1903
  • Year Lit: 1904
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, white, red stripes, red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 048ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 050ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1904 - replaced original tower of 1834 (FHRB report 1986, # 214)
  • 1922 - 1941 - 4th order dioptric lens, fixed white, 12m, lower red
  • 1962 - 1965 - elevation raised from 50 to 60 feet
  • 1992 - electric lantern, flashing white (5.5s), lower quick flashing red
  • 2004 - completely destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. The fire department made valiant efforts to save it.

Lightkeepers for Pictou Bar Lighthouse

Power, Thomas XXXX1857XX

Highlights

  • County: Pictou
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of Water: Pictou Harbour
  • Scenic Drive: Sunrise Trail
  • Site Access: Requires Hike
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 048 ft
  • Height Above Water: 050 ft
  • Latitude: 45~41~14.1
  • Longitude: 62~39~48.2
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: No
  • Still Operating: No

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