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Name: Brunette Island Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Grand Bank, Newfoundland, Canada

Location: Entrance to Fortune Bay, south coast of Newfoundland.

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Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

Brunette Island (8 square miles) once had about 300 residents, mainly fishing families centered around Mercer's Cove, but they were resettled in nearby communities on the Newfoundland "mainland" in the 1950s. Today, the island has no human population and is a wildlife reserve. From Jane Craig: "My great grandfather was the lighthouse keeper, there for many years. His last name was Galton and he and his wife raised 15 children in that house, the second youngest was my grandmother Elsie, born Sept 9, 1895. The Wambolt family that took over from them. My grandmother told me a little about Island life and how my great grandfather would climb the stairs every night to light the seal oil lantern."

Tower Height: 12

Height of Focal Plane: 407

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 4 seconds; range 7 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White square pyramidal tower.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1865: White square wooden house with the lantern rising from the center of the roof, 30 feet tall. 1931: White circular iron tower.

Date Established: 1865

Date Present Tower Built: ?

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!

Keepers: George Scott; Mr. Sparrow; Mr. Cane.


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