Seal Island Lighthouse
|Record #: MDS0122||Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016||Last Full Update: 10 Sep 2014|
|Located Within||Seal Island|
|Where To Find Us||
Seal Island, NS
|Areas Served||Shelburne County|
|Contact||Anna Kenney, Recreation Director; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alternate Contact||Samantha Goreham, Physical Activity Coordinator; Email: email@example.com|
|Mailing Address||c/o Barrington Recreation Centre
PO Box 100
Barrington, NS B0W 1E0
|Description & Services|
The 67 foot timber lighthouse on the island is the original, built 1830-31, the lantern is an aluminium replacement installed in 1978. It contains a modern beacon.
Today Seal Island is in a state of decline. Only a handful of houses and sheds, a church and the automated lighthouse remain on an island that once boasted a permanent population, lobster cannery, post office and even a phone line to the mainland.
This decline is nothing new for remote lighthouse and fishing islands off the Atlantic coast- many settlements were abandoned in the early twentieth century when gas boats and mainland amenities drew people away from their island homes.
The freighter Fermont, run aground one year after the last keeper had left the lighthouse, sits hard on the sand of the east beach.
Accessible only by boat.
Seal Island Light Museum is a 35 foot replica of the 67 foot light house on Seal Island.
|Tags||Recreation Categories ; South Shore Connect ; Visual Arts|