|Lamaline (Allan's Island), NF|
Description: Just off the entrance to the harbour at Lamaline are a collection of dangerous shoals and islets that is purportedly how the community received its name. Lamaline is a corruption of “La Maligne,” a French term meaning malignant, evil, or wicked. Believed to have been settled in the late 1700s, Lamaline had a population of 263 in 1836, when the first official census of Newfoundland was taken.
First lit in 1879, the lighthouse was a wooden, octagonal tower, with its sides painted alternately red and white. The tower displayed a fixed white, eighth-order dioptric light at a focal plane of 19.5 metres above the surrounding water. In 1883, work began on a small structure adjoining the tower that had a room for the keeper to sleep in. Keeper John Messervey passed away in September of 1885, and John Fleming was appointed in his stead.
The light on Allan’s Island was upgraded to a fourth-order dioptric light in 1911. The following year a set of range lights was established at Lamaline on the northern side of the harbour. Each light consisted of a red lens lantern hoisted atop a pole. The front light stood on the shore and had a height of 6.6 metres, while the rear light was situated 146 metres inland and had a height of ten metres. J. Hillier, Jr. was the first keeper of the range lights.
The octagonal tower on Allan’s Island was removed in 1916, after an iron tower and new dwelling were built at the station. The circular iron tower was painted with red and white vertical stripes to continue the station’s daymark. A fog alarm, powered by air compressed by an oil engine, was established on Allan’s Island in 1920. The signal gave two blasts every ninety seconds in this manner: three-second blast, four seconds silence, one-second blast, eighty-four seconds silence.
A square, pyramidal, thirty-foot-tall, wooden tower was built in 1953 to take the place of the iron tower. A double dwelling was also built next to the tower for the keepers at the same time. The present tower was erected around 2004. A modern structure near the tower serves as the office for the current lighthouse keeper.
Keepers: John Messervey ( - 1885), John Fleming (1885 - 1900), William Cochrane (1901 - 1912), William Cake, Lawrence Slaney, Ernest McCarthy (1915 - 1945), Adolph McCarthy(1945 - 1951).
Located on the southern end of Allan's Island, marking the entrance to the harbour at Lamaline. 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.