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 McColgan Point, NB    
A hike of some distance required.
Description: The wooden McColgan Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1913 by B.R. Palmer under a $700 contract to guide vessels along the narrow channel that runs between Kennebecasis Island and the Kingston Peninsula. The square tower with sloping sides was originally equipped with a sixth-order dioptric lens, and Samuel McColgan served as the first keeper of the light. Built at the same time as nearby Bayswater Lighthouse, McColgan Point Lighthouse and Bayswater Lighthouse were the last two official lights established along the St. John River.

A good view of the lighthouse can be had from the Kennebecasis Island Ferry.

Information on McColgan Point Lighthouse
History Light Characteristics Focal Height Nominal Range Description/Height of tower above ground
Erected in 1913. White flash 2 seconds; eclipse 10 seconds. 11.3 m. 6 M White four-sided, tapered, “salt shaker” tower, with red lantern. 8.2 m. (26.9')

Keepers: Samuel McColgan (1913 – at least 1923).

References

  1. Annual Report of the Department of Marine, various years.

Location: Located on the Kingston Peninsula, adjacent to the Kennebecasis Island ferry landing.
Latitude: 45.332222
Longitude: -66.109556

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Travel Instructions: At the lower end of the Kingston Peninsula where Route 845 makes a ninety-degree turn, proceed southwest on Summerville Road, following the ferry signs, until it ends at the ferry landing. Once you park, the lighthouse is visible from the waters edge just down the shore. An excellent view can be had from the Kennebecasis Island Ferry, and as this is the smallest, least-used ferry on the river, the operators are usually more than happy to take you out midstream to photograph the lighthouse.

The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.

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