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Name: Machias Seal Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Grand Manan (closest town is Cutler, Maine), New Brunswick, Canada

Location: Southwest of Grand Manan Island, Bay of Fundy.

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Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

Whether Machias Seal Island is owned by Canada or the U.S. is a subject of dispute. This is the only lighthouse in Atlantic Canada that is still fully staffed. There are two keepers who take 28-day shifts. The island is an important nesting site for puffins and other seabirds.

Tower Height: 60

Height of Focal Plane: 83

Characteristic and Range: White flash every three seconds, visible for 17 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal concrete tower, red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1832: Twin lighthouses.

Date Established: 1832

Date Present Tower Built: 1915

Fog Signal: Automated horn. Characteristic: Blast 3s; silent 3s; blast 3s; silent 51s.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

There are two companies running birdwatching cruises to Machias Seal Island from Maine, and one from Grand Manan. Captain Andrew Patterson runs trips from Cutler, Maine; (website: ) call 207-259-4484 or email for information. Captain Barna B. Norton and Captain John E. Norton offer cruises from Jonesport, Maine (website: Call 1-888-889-3222 or 207-497-5933, or email Sea Watch Tours of Grand Manan also offers trips to the island. Call 506-662-8552 or 1-877-662-8552, or email

Keepers: John Conley (1832-1844, died in service), Donald Daggett (1915-?), Harvey Benson (c. 1940s), Angus Smiley (c. 1993). Paul Cranford (c. 1990-1998), Rick Daley (c. 1998), Ralph Eldridge (c. 1998), Barry Bagley (c. 1998)


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