|Brush Wharf Range Rear, PE|
Description: The Brush Wharf Range Lights were described as follows in The Gulf and River St. Lawrence published in 1908 by the U.S. Navy's Hydrographic Office.
A square white lighthouse, 15 feet high, on the western side of Brush Wharf, exhibits, at 18 feet above high water, a fixed green light, which should be seen, in clear weather, when in alignment with the following light, 2 miles.
Brush Wharf, also known as Port Selkirk Wharf, was located on the south side of the Orwell River. To enter the river, vessels would use the Douse Point Range Lights to clear China Point and then pick up the Brush Wharf Range Lights to reach the wharf.
The Brush Wharf Range Lights were established in 1899, and Daniel W. McPherson served as keeper for several years starting on January 13, 1899 at an annual salary of $60. Prior to the establishment of the Brush Wharf Range Lights, a single red light was used to mark Brush Wharf starting on July 1, 1879.
On October 26, 1947, the Brush Wharf Front Range Lighthouse was destroyed by fire, and rather than rebuilt it, the range was discontinued as was the services of Walter McLeod, the last keeper. The Brush Wharf Rear Range Light has been relocated to private property not too far from where it once served.
Keepers: John McDonald (1878 – 1899), Daniel W. McPherson (1899 - 1911), Frederick F. Dreeland (1912 – 1924), Daniel W. McPherson (1924 - 1932), Angus J. Nicholson (1932 - 1934), Donald J. Nicholson (1934), F.F. Dreeland (1934 – 1936), Walter McLeod (1936 – 1947).
Located just south of Vernon Bridge. The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
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