The Salvages Lighthouse

The Salvages are a group of ledges and rocks, the highest of which is 3m (10 feet) on the West side of the West entrance to Negro Harbour. The origin of the name is not known, but it is found on Admiralty Charts of 1857 and 1870.
On or about April 1915 a diaphone giving 3 blasts every minute was established on the highest rock.

The Salvages Lighthouse was established in 1965. It is shown from a white rectangular building, 16 m (53 ft) high, on the highest rock of the group (43.28 N, 65.23 W). A fog signal of three blasts every minute is sounded from the building; the horn points 116'. A submarine cable is laid from this rock to West Cove, on the south side of Cape Negro Island.

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


THE SALVAGES - Light Details

  • Location: On island, west entrance to Negro Harbour
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1987
  • Began: 1965
  • Year Lit: 1965
  • Structure Type: Roof mounted on square concrete building
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1990)
  • Tower Height: 049ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 055ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1915 - fog signal established - 1922 - compressed air diaphone
  • 1930 - diaphone fog signal from concrete building attached to dwelling
  • 1990 - flashing white (15s), electric lantern, fog signal in operation

Lightkeepers for The Salvages Lighthouse

Guptill, Jim 1977-1987


  • County: Shelburne
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean
  • Scenic Drive: Lighthouse Route
  • Site Access: By Boat
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1990)
  • Tower Height: 049 ft
  • Height Above Water: 055 ft
  • Latitude: 43~28~08.1
  • Longitude: 65~22~44
  • Off Shore: Yes
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

Contact NSLPS

C/O Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3