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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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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont
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Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

Notes:
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.

Directions:
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: www.boldcoast.com ) call 207-259-4484 or email info@boldcoast.com for information. Captain Barna B. Norton and Captain John E. Norton offer cruises from Jonesport, Maine (website: www.machiassealisland.com). Call 1-888-889-3222 or 207-497-5933, or email puffins@downeast.net. Sea Watch Tours of Grand Manan also offers trips to the island. Call 506-662-8552 or 1-877-662-8552, or email seawatch@nbnet.nb.ca.

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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