|Sand Point, NB|
Description: The Saint John River was given its name by Samuel de Champlain in 1604, as he arrived at the river’s mouth on that saint’s feast day, June 24. The river has its origins in Maine and Quebec, and from there, water travels 673 km (418 miles) before reaching the Bay of Fundy.
On August 20, 1869, six beacon lights were put into operation on the Saint John River to aid the steamships operating between Saint John and Fredericton. These lights were located from south to north at Swift Point, Sand Point, Oak Point, No Man’s Friend, Oromocto Shoal, and Wilmot Bluff. For $1,044, John Duffy erected all six lights, which were rather crude, consisting of a lantern on a mast or a lantern on a mast atop an open framework. The total cost for the six lights, including construction, superintendence, and lighting apparatuses, was $2,342, and it was anticipated that another $600 would be spent to acquire the sites.
J. Cauldfield was the first keeper of Sand Point Light, and he, along with the other five keepers hired on the Saint John River in 1869, were paid an annual salary of $80.
In 1895, a survey of the site at Sand Point was made in order to acquire land for the construction of a new enclosed tower to replace the original open-framed structure. The purchase of the property proved to be complicated as the owner was outside Canada.
A new Sand Point Lighthouse was completed in 1898, and the Annual Report of the Department of Marine for that year provides detailed information on it.
The mast on an open framework, from which the light was shown at Sand Point, on the River St. John, has been removed and replaced by a square skeleton framed steel tower, with sloping sides, surmounted by an enclosed wooden light room and by a square wooden lantern.
At the opening of navigation in 1901, the entire superstructure above the iron framework, including the lantern room, was painted white to serve as a more conspicuous daymark against the background of dark fir trees.
Sand Point Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on the St. John River. In 1991, the tower underwent a thorough renovation.
The house adjacent to the tower belongs to Don Morrison whose father was a keeper of the Sand Point Lighthouse.
Keepers: J. Cauldfield (1869 – 1873), James Clarke (1873 – 1875), Robert Clarke (1876 – 1883), Richard Wagner (1883 – 1913), J.F. McCloskey (1913 – 1921), J.W. Wagner (1921 – at least 1923).
Located near the southern end of the Kingston Peninsula, at the terminus of Sand Point Wharf Road. The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.