Point Amour Lighthouse
The Point Amour Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Point Amour in southern Labrador, Canada. It is not far from L'Anse Amour, and was completed in 1857. It is the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, and the second tallest one in all of Canada, reaching a height of 109 feet (33m).
Point Amour Lighthouse
Newfoundland and Labrador
|Year first constructed||1854-1858|
|Construction||limestone covered with brick and clapboard tower|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower with an horizontal black band, red dome|
|Tower height||125 feet|
|Focal height||46 metres (151 ft)|
|Range||18 nautical miles|
|Characteristic||Fl W 20s.|
|Fog signal||1 blast every 30s.|
|CHS number||CCG 227|
|Managing agent||Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation|
|Heritage||classified federal heritage building of Canada, heritage lighthouse|
The Point Amour Lighthouse was part of a series of four lighthouses built in the 1850s to allow for safer passage for the increased steamship travel between Europe and the new world at that time. The cylindrical tower is built of limestone and is painted white with a black band. The limestone used for construction of the lighthouse was obtained from local quarries. Other materials such as timber and brick were not as accessible and were shipped from Quebec to L’Anse au Loup. From L’Anse au Loup they were brought to the sight where the lighthouse was constructed, four miles away. It was built in the series of Imperial Towers and is designated a Provincial Historic Site. The residential part of the lighthouse, completed in 1857, has been renovated and now serves as a museum. The site was also home to a Marconi Station, of which only the foundations survive.
A second order Fresnel lens with a focal plane at 152 feet (46 m) above sea level is in use. In 1996 the operation of the lighthouse was converted to an automatic system. The light characteristic is a period of light of 16 seconds with an adjacent pause of 4 seconds. A fog signal may be sounded from a separate building.
In the 1960s the lighthouse became automated.
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- Aids to Navigation Canadian Coast Guard
- Point Amour Lighthouse website
- Point Amour Lighthouse at Lorne's Lighthouses
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