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 Lockeport (Gull Rock), NS    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.
Description: In 1762, two families left Massachusetts to establish a new colony closer to the rich fishing grounds of the Grand Banks. The colony was called Locke’s Island, after Jonathan Locke, the patriarch of one of the two families. After the area was incorporated in 1907, the name was changed to Lockeport.

Original Gull Rock Lighthouse
Photograph courtesy Nova Scotia Archives and Records
A collection of dangerous ledges and rocks, known as the Ragged Islands, guard the entrance to Lockeport Harbour. After a petition was received from the shipowners of Shelburne County requesting a light to mark these dangers and guide ships into the harbour, the government approved funds for a lighthouse atop Gull Rock, a wave-swept ledge measuring one hundred metres by 38 metres.

The original lighthouse, which consisted of a square, pyramidal tower with a dwelling in its lower portion, was completed in 1853, and Samuel Hayden was appointed its first keeper. A separate building measuring twenty by thirteen feet was used for storing oil and firewood.

In 1871, a water tank was constructed at the station so the keeper didn’t have to haul water from the mainland. Still, trips to the mainland were occasionally necessary, and while making the crossing on October 30, 1873, Keeper Hayden and his wife drowned when their boat was upset. William Hayden was appointed keeper to succeed his brother.

The present lighthouse was built around 1955 and features a square tower mounted on the hipped roof of a two-story dwelling.

In 1986 athenite was sprayed on the exterior of the lighthouse increasing the thickness of its reinforced concrete walls from 30 centimeters to nearly 43 centimeters. Gull Rock Lighthouse was de-staffed in 1987, and the fog-alarm building, workshop, and boathouse were all removed. Currently all that remains is the lighthouse, a couple of oil tanks, the helicopter pad, and the plank walkway down to the helipad

Head Keepers: Samuel Hayden (1853 – 1873), William Hayden (1873 – 1876), Lorenzo D. Orchard (1877 – 1913), B. McKenzie (1913), B. Decker (1913 – 1920), M.V. Murphy (1920 – 1925), R.A. Ringer (1925 – 1930), M.V. Murphy (1930 – 1933), F.S. Harding (1933 – at least 1937).

References

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

Location: Located on Gull Rock at entrance to Lockeport Harbour.
Latitude: 43.655083
Longitude: -65.098861

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Travel Instructions: The closest land-based views of Gull Rock Lighthouse can be hand by taking Western Head Road to the end of the peninsula. From Brighton Road, west of Lockeport, continue south on Locke Street instead of taking the causeway to Locekport, and then turn left on Western Head Road and continue to its end. In 2011, there was a sign on the fence at the end of the road welcoming visitors to enjoy their visit "to this beautiful head." You can walk through a gate and follow a short walking trail that affords good views of the lighthouse on a clear day.

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

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