I need to be careful or this blog could easily turn into a save the lighthouse campaign. Last week I made a post about the upcoming deadline when several island lighthouses will be shut down. I followed that up with a post about Saving of the Brighton Beach Range Light. At that time, it was very unclear to me which ones and how many of these structures were in danger.
With the permission of Carol Livingstone (President of the PEI Lighthouse Society (1)), I am making available The Guiding Light Newsletter (PDF). This semiannual publication that is available only to members provides a full list of updates and the current status of our 63 lighthouses and ranges. If you refer to page 20, you’ll see the list of lighthouses currently not being petitioned.
“Any lighthouses not claimed by community groups or municipalities by May 31 will either be put up for sale to the public or torn down.” CBC
Today’s Image – Cape Tryon Lighthouse
With access only through private property, this light is located on the north shore west of Cavendish in the French River and Park Corner area. The still active Cape Tryon Lighthouse is a bit of a staple in Island marketing and an often photographed location. I had a chance to visit early this morning under some very chilly conditions. The regular high coastal winds did not help. The Cape Tryon Lighthouse is located on land currently trying to be protected from development by the L.M. Montgomery Land Trust.
This lighthouse is one of the many listed on page 20. What will be it’s fate on June 1st 2012?
The lighthouse is not in a harbour but on the outer coast in open water. At 40.7 feet tall and a two-second flash every six seconds, it’s job is a warning of the shallow water extending out from the coast.
The lighthouse itself sits on the edge of a coastline with heights of 110 feet.
(1) The purpose of the Prince Edward Island Lighthouse society is to aid in the preservation of lighthouses of the area and to work with the Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies, to achieve the safekeeping of the buildings, artifacts and records of Prince Edward Island Lighthouses. Membership to PEI Lighthouse Society is $35.00 annually and includes two issues of The Guiding Light as well as a 50% discount for two at the nine open lighthouses. This free distribution of The Guiding Light is a one time only endeavour because it is so important for Islanders to get the facts and act now to petition for one of our unclaimed lighthouses. The funds help to aid in the efforts to preserve these historic beacons for future generations.