PRIM POINT LIGHTHOUSE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
"Sailing Directions, Nova Scotia (Atlantic Coast) and Bay of Fundy," First Edition, 1990, Dept of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Canada


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Location

Digby Gut. - Point Prim (Prim Point), a rocky headland, is the west entrance point for Digby Gut, the deep water passage, 0.4 mile wide, between high steep shores, which leads to Annapolis Basin. Lights. - Point Prim light is shown from a white tower, with red vertical stripes, on the corner of a square building situated on the point (44.41 N, 65.47 W).
Digby Gut light is shown from a skeleton tower, 24 feet (7.3 m) high, adjacent to a white building situated on the east side of the entrance to Digby Gut (44.41 N, 65.46 W).

Fog signals. - A signal of one blast every 30 seconds is sounded from the Point Prim light building; the horn points 318 deg.

A signal of one blast every 15 seconds is sounded from the Digby Gut light building; the horn points 337deg.


PRIM POINT I - Light Details

  • Location: West point of entrance to Annapolis Basin
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1987
  • Began: 1817
  • Year Lit: 1817
  • Structure Type: Pentagonal tower, vertical stripes, dwelling attached
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1857)


History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1817 - reports of an earlier light, destroyed by fire in 1817
  • 1800's - known as The Fundy Light
  • 1857 - fountain lamp, 5 burners, 2 catatropic lenses
  • 1871 - fog signal established - 1873 - Mar 16 - lighthouse destroyed by fire

PRIM POINT II - Light Details

  • Location: West point of entrance to Annapolis Basin
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: c. 1875
  • Year Lit: c. 1875
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white, red stripes, dwelling attached
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1941)
  • Tower Height: 022ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 076ft feet above water level.


History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 187x - built on same site as original tower - 1871 - fog signal established
  • 1876 - struck by lightning, no damage - 1883 - fixed white, catatropic lens, 13m
  • 1922-1941 - catatropic long focus lens, flashing white (7s), diaphone fog signal
  • 1964 - tower and dwelling demolished, pushed over cliff

PRIM POINT III - Light Details

  • Location: West point of entrance to Annapolis Basin
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1993
  • Began: 1964
  • Year Lit: 1964
  • Structure Type: Square concrete tower, white, red stripes, attached to bldg
  • Light Characteristic: Isophased White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 025ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 080ft feet above water level.


History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1964 - built further back from cliff than original towers
  • 1976 - assistant keeper drowned tending lobster traps
  • 1992 - 4th order dioptric lens, electric lantern, fog signal

Lightkeepers for Prim Point Lighthouse


Bray, Frederick XXXX1857XX

Highlights

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
  • Body of Water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic Drive: Evangeline Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Isophased White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 025 ft
  • Height Above Water: 080 ft
  • Latitude: 44~41~28.0
  • Longitude: 65~47~10.8
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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