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Wood Islands in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces
 

The Wood Islands Family of Lighthouses

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, August 23, 2019
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Inscription.  The three buildings on this site represent a "family” and all were once navigational aids. The lighthouse beacon is still maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard as part of the marine communication system used by ship traffic in the Northumberland Strait.

The two smaller structures are called "range lights'” and have been retired from service since the 2007 when electric harbour lights on steel poles replaced them. Prior to that time, the range lights were situated on the east side of the lighthouse point before being moved in 1941 to the steel pier entrance to the Wood Islands Ferry terminal. As vessels approached the terminal, the deepest part of the channel was identified by a sight line alignment of the inner and outer range lights. The shorter range located farthest from shore, was called the "outer range light” and the taller one closest to shore, was called the "inner range light". Some ranges were equipped with lights and fog horns and in some cases, a red vertical stripe that faced the open water.

In 2012, maintenance repairs to the steel pier required the now obsolete range lights to either
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By Steve Stoessel
2. The Wood Islands Family of Lighthouses Marker
be moved or destroyed. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Coast Guard, the provincial governmentand the Wood Islands Community Development Corporation, the range lights at Wood Islands have been moved and preserved as part of our community museum.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. 45° 57.002′ N, 62° 44.733′ W. Marker is in Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island C0A 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Murray Harbour Branch / L’Embranchement Menant À Murray Harbour (approx. 12.6 kilometers away).
 
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By Steve Stoessel
3. The Wood Islands Family of Lighthouses Marker
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By Steve Stoessel
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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