Thursday, April 27, 2006

Old Cape Spear Lighthouse

The Cape Spear Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland, standing sentinel on the most easterly point of North America since it was built in 1835. It once served as a directional beacon for St. John's Harbour, about 9 miles to the north, and remained in service until 1955 when it was replaced by a new concrete light tower in 1955. The old lighthouse is in fact a stone tower typical of the early 19th century construction but is surrounded by a two story, square light keeper's residence. The newer lighthouse can be seen on the left.

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