|Northport Range (Former), PE|
Description: To indicate the channel over the bar at the entrance to Cascumpec Harbour, range lights were first established on Sandy Island at the mouth of the harbour. Then, in 1885, two lights, known as the Alberton Range Lights, were established at the head of Cascumpec Harbour to help guide vessels up the harbour. The new front range light consisted of a lantern showing a fixed red light at an elevation of 6.7 metres (22 feet), while the rear light or back range, located a half mile west of the front light, was an open-framed tower, through the roof of which a lantern was hoisted on a mast to a height of 12.2 metres (40 feet). James Keefe built the lights under a contract for $1,900.
The Alberton Range Lights were elevated an additional 3.4 metres (11 feet) in 1887 to increase their range, and the following year new lanterns and reflectors were installed to increase the power of the lights.
On November 11, 1896, the Alberton Range Lights were discontinued as they no longer marked the best channel through the bar at the mouth of the harbour. A black spar buoy was placed near the new bar crossing, which was about ¼ mile north of the location marked by the range lights.
The Department of Marine and Fisheries erected a new pair of range lights inside the harbour the next year and included the following description of them in its annual report.
The range lights in Cascumpeque Harbour, on the north of Gulf of St. Lawrence coast of Prince Edward Island, which had been temporarily discontinued and again put in operation on the 15th June, 1897, and which will hereafter be known as the Northport range lights, have been improved by substituting for the masts heretofore used open skeleton lighthouse towers, and by changing their position, to give a better lead through the existing channel.
In 1899, the Savage Island Range Lights were relocated along with the main Cascumpec Lighthouse to the sand hills on the south side of the entrance to the harbour, but in 1891, the position of the channel over the bar shifted dramatically during winter storms, forcing the range lights to be moved to Sandy Island, on the north side of the entrance near where the main Cascumpec Lighthouse formerly stood. Mariners were then advised to use the range lights on Sandy Island to cross the bar and to keep that range until the Northport Range Lights were in alignment.
In 1903, the towers which formed the Northport Range were enclosed and painted white. A new front range light was installed in 1962, and the structure formerly used for the front light took the place of the rear tower. The former rear range tower was sold and incorporated into a dwelling. The height of the rear range tower was increased by 1.8 m (6 feet) in 1970, which resulted in the structure having its unique long neck.
Keepers: John Mountain (1885 – 1897), William Champion (1897 – 1912), B. Mountain (1912 –1914), W. A. Smith (1914 – ).
Located along the shore at the end of Carol Street in Alberton. The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.