Port Bickerton Lighthouse

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45° 05' 24.0'' N    -61° 42' 01.7'' W
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The Second Port Bickerton Lighthouse, 2000
© Courtesy Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
The Second Port Bickerton Lighthouse, 2000
Restored by the community, the house is now open to the public as the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
Fire at the Bickerton Light
One substantial area of concern associated with the timber buildings on lightstations was that of fire. In 1962 the Port Bickerton fog alarm building was destroyed by a fire. The fire started when the assistant lighthouse keeper tried to remove paint from the floor of the fog alarm building with a blow torch. It is believed that the torch ignited oil which had seeped through the floor, making the fire impossible to extinguish. The light keeper and his assistant removed the fog alarm engine, stove, and other minor pieces of equipment so the tanks, only were lost. The building itself was damaged beyond repair. The fire did not spread to the other buildings on the station because of the quick thinking of the keeper's wife. She went immediately to Bickerton by car and brought out a small pump and several men from the village. The men used the pump to hose the assistant's dwelling and also to contain the fire in the fog alarm building.
The concrete tower at Port Bickerton with the second lighthouse in the background. Soon after the fire, K.C.Curren, Superintendent of Lights, along with marine mechanic A.Shortt went to the Bickerton light to investigate the matter. The recommendation was made to provide light stations with a gas driven fire pump. As a result of the visit of Curren and Shortt, a combined fog alarm building and light tower of concrete were constructed. This was the third light built at Bickerton, and it still stands today. The concrete light is still in operation. The second lighthouse has been restored and is open to the public as The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
 
Port Bickerton Area  Planning Association, recipient, Craig Harding Award for Lighthouse Preservation, 2006


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
Lighthouse History Contributor: Kathy Brown.
Photographs: Dan Conlin and Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
Sources: Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.