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Rimouski in Rimouski-Neigette MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Les premices / In the beginning

 
 
Les premices / In the beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
1. Les premices / In the beginning Marker
Inscription.  

Du naufrage au balisage

Pointe-au-Père se trouve près de la limite entre le golfe et les eaux intérieures. L'île Saint-Barnabé, face à Rimouski, est le premier d'une longue série d'écueils menaçant les navires qui remontent vers Québec. En vérité, l'estuaire collectionne les embûches : récifs et hauts-fonds, chenaux étroits et sinueux, marées et courants variables, brouillards, glaces et tempêtes.

Après la conquête de 1760, les autorités britanniques sont confrontées à leur tour aux difficultés de la navigation sur le Saint-Laurent. En 1805, elles fondent la Trinity House pour régir le pilotage et doter le Saint-Laurent d'un système sécuritaire d'aides à la navigation. Les choses s'améliorent au 19e siècle : la Marine royale publie des cartes marines fiables, alors que les premiers phares se profilent sur les côtes.

[Illustrations, en haut à gauche, dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre, lisez]
• Construit en 1809, le phare de l'île Verte se révèle le plus vieux phare du Saint-Laurent.

• Henry Wolsey Bayfield (1795-1885), surintendant des levés hydrographiques du Saint-Laurent, a mis

Les premices / In the beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
2. Les premices / In the beginning Marker
Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse in background
des années à cartographier les Grands Lacs, le fleuve et le golfe du Saint-Laurent.

• [Carte de] Les phares de l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent administrés par la Trinity House, entre 1809 et 1862.

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From shipwrecks to beacons of hope

Pointe-au-Père is not far from the spot where the waters of the St. Lawrence River mingle with those of the gulf. Ships bound from Québec encounter the first in a long series of menacing shoals at île Saint-Barnabé opposite Rimouski. Then they face one danger after another: reefs and shoals; narrow, sinuous channels; fluctuating tides and currents; fog, ice, and storms.

After the conquest of 1760, British authorities wrestled with the challenges of navigating the mighty river. In 1805, they established Trinity House, to oversee pilotage and provide a navigational aid system for the St. Lawrence. Things improved in the 19th century as the Royal Navy published reliable nautical charts and the first lighthouses took shape at the water's edge.

[Illustrations, clockwise from top left, read]
• The Île-Verte Lighthouse, built in 1809, is the oldest on the St. Lawrence.

• Henry Wolsey Bayfield (1795-1885), hydrographic surveyor of the St. Lawrence, devoted years to making

Les premices / In the beginning Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
3. Les premices / In the beginning Map on Marker
maps of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

• [Map of] St. Lawrence Estuary lighthouses, which were under the administration of Trinity House from 1809 to 1862.
 
Erected by Parks/Parcs Canada.
 
Location. 48° 31.077′ N, 68° 28.101′ W. Marker is in Rimouski, Quebec, in Rimouski-Neigette MRC. Touch for map. Marker is on the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse station grounds, behind (north of) the Garage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 rue du Phare, Rimouski, Quebec G5M 1L8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Les signaux sonores / The sound signals (a few steps from this marker); Témoins de l'automatisation de la station de phare (a few steps from this marker); Les premiers phares / The first lighthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Modernisation / Modernizing (within shouting distance of this marker); L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS Empress of Ireland (within shouting distance of this marker); Innovation (within shouting distance of this marker); Bienvenue / Welcome (within shouting distance of this marker); Le hangar de la corne de brume / Fog Alarm Shed (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rimouski.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seafloor and Shallow Subsurface of the St. Lawrence River Estuary (2011). (Submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lieu historique national du Canada du Phare-de-Pointe-au-Père. (Submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Navigation on the St. Lawrence Echo of the Past, Path to the Future (2017). (Submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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