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Name: Medway Head Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: West side of entrance to Medway Harbour.

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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont

Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

The first Medway Head Light was a lantern on the roof of the keeper's house. The building still stands; it was sold to an individual and moved up the hill from the present lighthouse. There is no longer a lantern on the roof.

Tower Height: 29

Height of Focal Plane: 79

Characteristic and Range: 4 second flash every 12 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal wooden tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1851: Light displayed from from a three-sided window that projected from the top of keeper's dwelling. 1927: Lantern on roof of new dwelling, 38 feet tall. 1966: White fiberglass tower with two red bands, 29 feet high.

Date Established: 1851

Date Present Tower Built: 1983

Date Automated: 1986

Fog Signal: Automated horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

From Route 103: Take Exit 17A and follow for 4.5 miles (7.3 km) to Long Cove Road. Turn right and follow to the lighthouse.

Keepers: Elson Perry (1850-1892); Israel Foster (1892-1908); Will Atkins (1908-1910); Jonas Whynot (1910-1934); Stan Hubley (1934-1956); Russell Hunick (1956-1959); Douglas Smiley (1959-1986)


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