|Flowerpot Island, ON|
Description: Flowerpot Island, named for its flowerpot-shaped sea stacks, is situated off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
In 1897, the Department of Marine announced that to "increase the safety of large and fast steamers entering Georgian Bay" a lighthouse and fog-bell were being established on the northeast point of Flowerpot Island. J. C. Kennedy of Owen Sound was paid $1,137 to construct the lighthouse, and while work on the structure was carried out, a temporary light was shown from a lens lantern hoisted atop a pole. The lighthouse, a square wooden dwelling with a square wooden lantern rising from the apex of its roof, went into service in late autumn of 1897, showing a fixed white dioptric light of the seventh order at an elevation of eighty-eight feet above the surrounding water. A fog bell, suspended beneath a gable on the front of the lighthouse, sounded two strokes in quick succession when necessary. Donald Smith, the first lightkeeper to be stationed at Flowerpot Island Lighthouse, was paid $300 a season.
In the fall of 1898, tenders were invited for the erection of a keeper's dwelling at the station, but as the offers received were considered too expensive, the project was deferred. The lighthouse site and acreage on the shore for a wharf and boathouse, along with a right-of-way between the two properties, were purchased from the Department of Indian Affairs for $8.64.
During the summer of 1901, a keeper's dwelling was built by day labour under the foremanship of C. Dobson, of Penetanguishene at a cost of $1,397.
In 1959, a second dwelling was built for the assistant keeper, who previous to that time had been residing in the lighthouse.
The present steel tower topped by a light was put in place in 1969, and the old lighthouse, no longer needed, was burned and pushed over the cliff.
The station was de-staffed after the 1987 season, and the buildings sat vacant until Friends of Fathom Five, concerned about the deteriorating state of the structures, reached an agreement with the Coast Guard under which they were able to begin restoration work in 1996. A Lightkeeper’s Host Program was started in 1998 that allows volunteers to live at the station while performing minor maintenance and serving as site interpreters for visitors.
Located on Castle Bluff, the northeastern point of Flowerpot Island about 7 km (4 miles) northeast of Tobermory. The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard, and the site is managed by Friends of of the Bruce District
Parks Association. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard, and the site is managed by Friends of of the Bruce District Parks Association. Grounds open, tower closed.
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