Home Maps Resources Calendar About
Resources Calendar About
Westport Cove, NF  A hike of some distance required.   

Select a photograph to view a photo gallery

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

See our full List of Lighthouses in Newfoundland Canada

Westport Cove Lighthouse

Westport Cove is also known as Western Cove, and a light, in the form of a lens lantern hoisted to an open framework, painted white, was established here in 1906. In 1911, the current wooden, octagonal tower was built and equipped with a sixth-order dioptric lens. Though the tower is only nine feet tall, its focal plane is thirty-three feet above sea level thanks to the lofty cliff on which it is perched.

In this 1922 photograph of the lighthouse, note that only the seaward facing side of the lantern room was equipped with glass panes.

The lighthouse has been used as an aid for inshore fishery and coastal navigation, when the coastal boats visited Westport. The tower's fixed white light operated on kerosene oil until 1969, when it was converted to solar power. The light's signature today is a white flash every four seconds. Four keepers minded the lighthouse from 1906 to 1989, and the Coast Guard is responsible for its maintenance today.

Keepers: J. Pearce (1906 - at least 1912), Cecil Jacobs.


Copyright © 2001- Lighthousefriends.com
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.
email Kraig