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Name: Cape Sable Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Clarks Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: Southwest corner of Nova Scotia, offshore from Cape Sable Island.

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Photo: Bob Crawford
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Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

This is the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia. The other buildings have been destroyed; only the tower remains at the site.

Tower Height: 101

Height of Focal Plane: 98

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal reinforced concrete tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1861: 65-foot wooden tower.

Date Established: 1861

Date Present Tower Built: 1924

Date Automated: 1986

Optics: 1902: Third order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: 1876: Steam whistle

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from a beach at the end of Hawk Road on Cape Sable Island, off Route 330 South.

Keepers: Hervey Doane (1861-1871), Isaac Doane (1871-1902), Arthur H. Cunningham (1902-1916), Albert Wise (1916-1927), H. L. Johnson (1927-1931), Benjamin F. Smith (1931-1945), Albert Smith (1945-1952), B. F. Smith (1952-1970), Sidney F. Smith (1970-1979), James Reginald Smith (1979-1984), Francis Casey (1984-1986), Andy Dugandzic (1986).

Nearby Lodging: Cape Sable Cottages, located on Cape Sable Island in Newellton, offers five year-round cottages; see

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