The Medway Head Lighthouse

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Thank you for a wonderful tour to the top of the Medway Head Lighthouse. It was one of the highlights of my summer.


The lighthouse on Medway Head was known as the Port Medway Lighthouse until that name was transferred to the tower built on the wharf at Port Medway in 1899. Thereafter, the structure marking the western side of the entrance to Port Medway Harbour was known as the Medway Head Lighthouse.


There have  been four lighthouses at this site.

MEDWAY HEAD I

Location: West side of entrance to Port Medway

Standing: This light is no longer standing.

Operating: This light is no longer operating.

Began: 1851

Year Lit: 1851

Structure Type: Square wood dwelling, white, black square daymark

Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1941)

Tower Height: 023ft feet high.

Light Height: 044ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

1883 - catatropic lens, fixed white, 10m - 1913 - hand fog horn established

MEDWAY HEAD II

Location: West side of entrance to Port Medway

Standing: This light is still standing.

Operating: This light is no longer operating.

Began: 1927

Year Lit: 1927

Structure Type: Square dwelling, lantern on roof

Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)

Tower Height: 029ft feet high.

Light Height: 079ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

1927 - 1941 - 4th order dioptric lens, from dormer of dwelling, hand fog horn

1990 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, flashing white (12s)

1960 - 1963 - fog signal sounded from tower

1963 - replaced by fiberglass tower

MEDWAY HEAD III

Location: West side of entrance to Port Medway

Standing: This light is no longer standing.

Operating: This light is no longer operating.

Began: 1963

Year Lit: 1963

Structure Type: Circular fiberglass tower, white, red band

History Items for This Lighthouse

1963 - replaced original tower

replacement not shown in pilot until 1966 - 1970

Made in Mahone Bay

MEDWAY HEAD IV 

Location: West side of entrance to Port Medway

Standing: This light is still standing.

Operating: This light is operational

Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.

Date Automated: Automated by 1987

Began: 1983

Year Lit: 1983

Structure Type: Square tapered combination lighthouse and equipment building

History Items for This Lighthouse

1983 - replaced fiberglass tower with wooden building

1990 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, flashing white (12s).

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