Local residents claim that Nova Scotia’s isolated Gull Rock Lighthouse, also known as Lockeport Lighthouse, is in imminent danger of not lasting through this winter’s storms.
The group, Protect Gull Rock Lighthouse, says it does not have the funding to save the lighthouse. It seems that the aphanite that was sprayed on the exterior of the island light station in 1986 to help protect the structure has cracked and is crumbling off, leaving parts of the structure totally open and exposed.
After the lighthouse was deactivated in 1987, the fog horn building, the workshop, and boat house were all demolished. Since then, the elements have taken their toll and, without an immense amount of funding, this historic off-shore lighthouse will eventually be lost forever.
The lighthouse sits off-shore from the community of Lockeport on an exposed solid rock island that is about an hour boat ride from the mainland. It its day, it was a family light station and one keeper raised all ten of his children on the island.
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