Cape Ray Lightkeeper's House Committee
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There are programs for elementary schools and youth groups at Cape Ray, run by the Southwest Coast Development Association. Groups are given a tour of the site and are encouraged to ask questions. On Saturdays during the summer months, there is an arts and crafts time with children where they can construct a lighthouse or a kite. Cape Ray was used as one of the five pilot sites for Marconi’s wireless, and kites tie into the history as Marconi used a kite to help receive his first signal. As of January 2003, this is still a staffed light station.
Tower Height: 48
Height of Focal Plane: 119
Characteristic and Range: One-second white flash every 15 seconds, visible for 23 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White octagonal concrete tower.
This light is operational
1871: First tower, destroyed by fire 1885; 1885 tower destroyed by fire 1959.
Date Established: 1871
Date Present Tower Built: 1959
Fog Signal: Automated horn, four second blast every 60 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes.
The keeper's dwelling now operates as a museum and gift shop, run by the Southwest Coast Development Association. Call 709-695-2058 for information.
From the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques, take the Cape Ray access road to the lighthouse.