|Havre Boucher Range Rear, NS|
Description: The latest set of range lights at Havre Boucher was erected in March, 2010, after the Canadian Coast Guard determined the previous pair was too rotted to be repaired. Rather than replace the rear salt-shaker-style tower by a steel, skeletal tower, the Coast Guard, in consultation with the local community, decided to use a new modular lighthouse that resembles the previous lighthouse but will require less maintenance.
A Coast Guard crew in Charlottetown, P. E. I., constructed the replacement tower, which is made of of three trapezoidal pieces light enough to be airlifted to remote sites. Once assembled, the tower is covered by vinyl siding that resembles cedar shingles but will not have to be regularly scraped and painted. "You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference unless you walk right up to it and actually touch it and find that it's actually vinyl siding," claims Dave Smith, supervisor of maritime civil infrastructure with the Coast Guard.
This new design will save the Coast Guard a significant sum in maintenance costs and will be used to replace similar square, pyramidal towers when they are determined to be beyond repair.
As the front tower was in a less-visible position along the shore, it was replaced by a skeletal tower with slatting on one side.
Located on the southwest shore of the harbour. The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.