The Canadian Coast Guard has replaced the light in the tower at Nova Scotia’s Peter Island Lighthouse with lights on swing poles by the lighthouse.
Reportedly, there is mold on the interior of Peter Island Lighthouse, on Brier Island at the eastern entrance to Grand Passage in the Bay of Fundy, which prevents Coast Guard personnel from entering the lighthouse tower. It is stated that the new lights are temporary; however, since the Canadian Coast Guard has made no effort to maintain the tower, and because they are in the process of divesting themselves of all lighthouses, the change may be permanent.
The current Peter Island Lighthouse is also known as the Peter’s Island Lighthouse and is sometimes referred to as the Westport Lighthouse because of its proximity to Westport, Nova Scotia.
The current Peter Island Lighthouse tower was built in 1909 to replace an earlier structure that was built in 1850. In 1984 the current tower was automated, so a keeper was no longer needed. It has not been painted for a number of years. Local politicians hope that someone will step forward to take the lead with a volunteer group to save the lighthouse.
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