|Les Becquets, PQ|
Description: The wharf at Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets was formerly an important commercial link for the village, and in 1997, the municipality acquired it to preserve this heritage and to create a river park where the public can enjoy views of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
The first lighthouse at Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets was established in 1844 in the form of an octagonal wooden tower placed on the summit of Saint-Pierre Point. This tower stood thirty feet tall but had a focal plane of eighty-five feet above the river. Twenty-five square feet of land for the lighthouse was purchased from Michael William Baby of Quebec City for the sum of £50, and to this was added another twelve square feet acquired in 1870 from F.X.O Methot.
One of the early keepers of the lighthouse was Siméon C. Francoeur, who served from 1862 to 1901. In 1877, the light was being produced by a No. 1 flat-wick lamp and a No.1 circular-wick lamp that were set respectively in fifteen-inch and twenty-inch reflectors and consumed about seventy gallons of oil per season.
In November 1876, William Barbour, Inspecting Engineer at Quebec City, was sent to Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets to determine why Captain Nelson of the steamer Montreal had reported that the light there was not showing well. Barbour submitted the following report on his findings to his boss:
On my arrival there, the keeper stated that his lamp had taken fire and smoked the reflector. I had the old lamp taken down, and a new lamp put up, also a reflector and told the keeper, as the nights were very long in the fall, to have the lamps well trimmed at midnight. When I left at 3 a.m., the lamps were all in good order and showing well.
On October 1, 1918, range lights were established at St. Pierre les Becquets as follows:The range lights at St. Pierre les Becquets wharf were discontinued at some point between 1955 and 1994 and replaced by a cylindrical mast that displays a fixed green light from the inner end of the wharf.
Keepers: Siméon C. Francoeur (1862 – 1901), Henri Perreault (1901 – 1910), M.O. Tousignant (1910 – 1912), L. Lauze (1912 – 1913), Jos. Mailly (1913 – at least 1923).
Located on the inner end of the wharf at Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets. The light is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The light is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright -, used by permission.