Northern Lighthouse Board
This waveswept tower was built on a submerged reef. The Scottish granite was cut over the winter and the tower was built over four summers. The engineers were David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson. One of the keepers was injured in a fire in 1960 and the light was automated the following year.
Tower Height: 144
Height of Focal Plane: 124
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds, range 13 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: Conical granite tower.
This light is operational
Date Established: January 1, 1875
Date Present Tower Built: 1869-1874
Date Automated: 1961
Fog Signal: 1890: Fog bell; 1911: fog horn. Now one blast every 60 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Keepers: Thomas Dawson (1875-?), Neil McDonald (assistant, 1875-?), Thomas Wallace (assistant, 1875-?), Henry Mercer (assistant, 1875-?), ? Anderson (assistant, c. 1960), ? Brown (c. 1960), ? Ross (c. 1960), Norman Quillin (attendant, circa 1998)