Sambro Island Lighthouse . Sambro Island . Nova Scotia . Canada . Watercolor . 9" x 12"
... the Sambro Island Lighthouse, built in 1758-59, about 3-3/4 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean and south of Sambro Harbour, Nova Scotia, is the oldest lighthouse standing on the continent of North America. The Sambro Light holds this distinction because the British, during their 1776 war against the French in Canada, destroyed the 1734 Louisbourg Light, the very first maritime light tower built in North America. The original 60-foot, octagonal, wood over a hollow stone core, Sambro Tower, was lit by oil fired lamps until 1906... when a rebuild raised the height to the current elevation of 82-feet and a first order, Barbier, Benard & Turenne, Fresnel Lens was fitted to magnify illumination. The red stripes were added in 1908. The Fresnel Lens was replaced by an electric, rotating beacon in 1966. The keeper's house and ancillary buildings have either been destroyed or left to rot. Following years of neglect, the tower was reclad and repainted in 2008 and solar panels installed to power the light. The tower received structural rehabilitation and another paint job in 2016. It's still out there... lighting the way to Halifax.