West Head, Cape Sable Island, Lighthouse


West Head, Cape Sable Island, Lighthouse Locator Map


WEST HEAD I - Light Details

  • Location: On head, western extremity of Cape Sable Island
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1888
  • Year Lit: 1888
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 036ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 042ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1922 - 7th order dioptric lens, hand fog horn
  • 1960 - 1965 - hand fog horn in answer to vessels
  • 1970 - 1973 - replaced by present tower

WEST HEAD II - Light Details

  • Location: On head, western extremity of Cape Sable Island
  • 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: 1972
  • Year Lit: 1972
  • Structure Type: Circular fiberglass tower, white, red band at top
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed Red (1992)
  • Tower Height: 020ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 051ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1965 - 1973 - replaced original tower of 1888 between these dates
  • 1990 - 6th order dioptric lens, electric

Highlights

  • County: Shelburne
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of Water: Barrington Passage
  • Scenic Drive: Lighthouse Route
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Fixed Red (1992)
  • Tower Height: 020 ft
  • Height Above Water: 051 ft
  • Latitude: 43~27~23.8
  • Longitude: 65~39~16.9
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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