Cape Jourimain Lighthouse . Confederation Bridge . New Brunswick . Canada . Watercolor . 9" x 12"
... the Jourimain lighthouse sits at the tip of the small Jourimain Island grouping, slightly northwest of Cape Tormentine, as one of the Northumberland Strait passage, bookend lights between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This tapered, octagonal tower and a respectable, one and a half story, keeper's house were erected in 1869, but illuminating lamps were not activated until June of 1870. In 1876, a new and larger lantern room, with upgraded lighting was installed and again in 1876, the luminary was improved to a display of one single, revolving and flashing, white light. In 1910, the Cape Jourimain Light Tower was moved farther inland and fitted with a fourth-order dioptric lens. The light was automated in 1958 and decommissioned in 1997, following the opening of Confederation Bridge, linking the Canadian mainland through New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island. The light was encircled within the boundaries of the newly established Cape Jourimain Nature Centre in 2001, and declared worth saving under the Canadian Lighthouse Heritage Protection Act in 2015. I visited in late 2016. The Jourimain Light had been moved again; it was in pretty rough shape... and closed. However, since then, the wooden tower has undergone a substantial and much needed restoration, there is a large wooden deck around the base and it is open to the public as of July 2019. The former keeper's home and ancillary buildings are long gone. This watercolor illustrates the light at its previous location.