|Montmagny Range, PQ|
Description: Montmagny is situated on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, just east of Quebec City, and occupies both banks of the South River (Rivière du Sud). The Rivière-du-Sud seigneurie was originally granted in 1646 to Charles Hault Montmagny, the Governor of New France, and his name was later applied to the community.
The Department of Marine of assumed control of the light maintained on the government wharf at St. Thomas de Montmagny in 1883, and placed a pole, with a shed at its base, on the wharf. A lantern hoisted atop the pole had a focal plane of thirty feet above the river and showed white along the line of the channel for entering the harbour and green from all other points of approach. Jean Baptiste Robin was appointed the first keeper of the wharf light at an annual salary of fifty dollars.
In 1896, while Keeper Robin was still in charge, the wharf light was destroyed by fire, necessitating the erection of new navigational aids for the harbour:
On the 13th August, 1896, a fire destroyed the mast and shed from which a light were exhibited on the outer end of the Government wharf at Saint Thomas de Montmagny, and seriously damaged the wharf. The wharf has been repaired and the mast light has been replaced by a light shown from an inclosed galvanized iron lantern, standing on a square platform supported by an open frame work, above the slip at the outer end of the wharf.
In 1933, pole lights replaced the open framework towers with iron lanterns that were erected in 1896. These new lights were separated by just 200 yards instead of 657 yards, and their alignment was along a bearing of 170° instead of 164°. Square skeleton towers, having the spacing/alignment established in 1933 and displaying fixed red lights, were used on the range up to 2015, when a sector light was installed on the wharf.
Keepers: Jean Baptiste Robin (1883 – 1898), Captain H. Boulanger (1898 – 1910), Eugene Nicole (1910 – 1918), Ernest Nicole (1918), O. Caron (1918 – at least 1923).
Located on and near the wharf at Montmagny. The lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, towers closed.
The lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, towers closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Michael Boucher, used by permission.