|McNab Point, ON|
Description: To form a protective harbor at Southampton, two breakwaters were constructed: one extending seaward from the beach in Southampton, and a second arching towards the mainland from the northern tip of Chantry Island. A pair of range lights was established to help guide mariners into the protected anchorage. The front light was placed at the outermost part of the breakwater connected to Chantry Island, and the rear tower was erected on the northern cape of Horseshoe Bay, just south of Southampton. In 1901, the rear tower was relocated across Horseshoe Bay to McNab Point. When the range lights were discontinued in the 1950s, the rear range light remained active as the Southampton Harbour Light.
In 1988, the Canadian Coast Guard placed aluminum siding over the exterior wooden shingles. This cost-saving move resulted in moisture collection under the siding and dry rot. The siding was removed by the Marine Heritage Society in 2008, and new shingles were placed on the tower to correct the problem. After receiving a new coat of paint, the tower is again in fine condition. The Marine Heritage Society hopes to return the light to service as a private navigational aid.
Located on McNab Point, just south of Southampton. The lighthouse is owned by the Town of Saugeen Shores and leased to the Marine Heritage Society. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Town of Saugeen Shores and leased to the Marine Heritage Society. Grounds/tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.