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Church Point Lighthouse

Church Point Lighthouse was built in 1874 by G. S. Parker for $650 and is a white wooden pepper-shaker-type tower standing 9.4 meters tall and topped by a red lantern. Jeremiah McLaughlin activated the light for the first time on September 25, 1874 and was paid an annual salary of $200. The original illuminating apparatus consisted of one circular-burner lamp with a twenty-inch reflector and two mammoth flat-wick lamps with sixteen-inch reflectors.

No dwelling was initially provided for the keeper, as McLaughlin lived in his own home some distance from the station. There were, however, two rooms in the tower one of which was used by the keeper while he was attending the light. Keeper McLaughlin was given $500 in 1875 to build a dwelling attached to the tower.

John H. Sauliner, who would serve forty years at the lighthouse, took over as keeper on August 16, 1878, after McLaughlin resigned. In June of that year, the lighthouse was inspected and supplied with 243 gallons of oil for the light. In 1884, the upper portion of the dwelling, which had been left unfinished, was partitioned into two bedrooms to provide additional accommodations for Keeper Sauliner and his family.

The light was discontinued in 1984, while the dwelling was removed from the site sometime before that. The adjacent Université Sainte-Anne, founded in 1891 by Eudist priests from France and the only French university in Nova Scotia, maintains the lighthouse. Much attention hasn’t been paid to the lighthouse in recent years as holes in the tower present in 2003 were still there in 2009. Nearby Saint Mary's Church, whose steeple rises fifty-six meters, is the tallest wooden church in North America.

The neglected lighthouse was destroyed by a powerful spring storm on March 26, 2014 that packed wind gusts of over 100 km/h. The tower was blown off its concrete foundation, and pieces of the structure were strewn about the area.

Keepers: Jeremiah McLaughlin (1874 - 1878), John H. Saulnier (1878 - 1918), R.A. Stewart (1918), Mrs. L. Melanson (1918 - 1919), James Perry (1919 - at least 1923).

References

  1. Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, various years.
  2. Lighthouses & Lights of Nova Scotia, E.H. Rip Irwin, 2003.

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