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La Pérade Range Lighthouse

Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade straddles the Sainte-Anne River, just upstream from where it empties into the St. Lawrence River. In 1921, the Department of Marine announced that new range lights had been built at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade. The front light was displayed from a concrete pier and concrete superstructure that were similar to those erected at Gentilly to replace the former light there that was moved out of position by ice shoves. The front light was located in the St. Lawrence River, just off the east end of Île á la Batture, while the rear light, displayed from a sixty-three-foot-tall skeletal, steel, tower with an enclosed watchroom and lantern room, stood 1,567 yards away along a bearing of 272°.

By 1929, the concrete base for the front light must have become unstable as that year the front light was relocated to a sixty-three-foot-tall, skeletal, steel tower with an enclosed watchroom and lantern room. It is likely that this was the tower that formerly housed the rear range light as it matches its location and description. The rear light received a new tower in 1929 in the form of an eighty-five-foot-tall, skeletal, steel tower that was aluminum coloured and had a watchroom and lantern room of the same colouring. The two towers were separated by 1,324 yards and each had slatwork on their side that faced the range line to enhance their visibility during the day.

La Pérade Range remains active today, with the same tower locations established in 1929. The concrete base that supported the original front range light can still be seen in the St. Lawrence River.

Keepers: Z. Tessier (1921 – at least 1937).

References

  1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.

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