Blackhead in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
Cape Spear Lighthouse
Le Phare du Cap Spear
Cape Spear, Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse, has served as the chief approach light for St. John’s harbour since 1836. Constructed by local builders Nicholas Croke and William Parker, it consists of a stone towner surrounded by a frame residence, a common lighthouse design on Canada’s east coast. The light mechanism in use in the 19th century came from Inchkeith lighthouse in Scotland. Modern equipment was installed in 1912 and remains in use in the concrete tower built nearby in 1955. Much altered during the 19th century, the old lighthouse has been restored to its original appearance.
Construit par les entrepreneurs locaux, Nicholas Croke et William Parker, ce phare est le plus ancien de Terre-Neuve et le principal repère du port de Saint-Jean depuis 1936. La tour de pierre qui s’élève au milieu d’une maison en bois rappelle l’architecture familière des phares dans l’Est du Canada. Le mécanisme en usage au XIXᵉ siècle venait du phare Inchkeith en Écosse. Un mécanisme moderne fut installé en 1912 et il sert encore dans la tour de béton construite près d’ici en 1955. Le phare,
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board, and the Lighthouses series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. 47° 31.314′ N, 52° 37.354′ W. Marker is in Blackhead, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. Marker is on Blackhead Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1809 Blackhead Road, Blackhead NL A0A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War II Battery (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ice (approx. 7 kilometers away); Swiling (approx. 7 kilometers away); Fishery (approx. 7 kilometers away); Fever Hospital (approx. 7 kilometers away); First Transatlantic Wireless Signal (approx. 7 kilometers away); Cabot Tower (approx. 7 kilometers away); Battle of Signal Hill (approx. 7 kilometers away).
More about this marker. The Cape Spear lighthouse is located in Cape Spear National Historic Site. Cape Spear is the eastern most point in Canada.
Also see . . . Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada, History - Parks Canada. (Submitted on November 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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