Sambro Lighthouse

Lighthouse Details
44° 26' 12.0'' N    -63° 33' 48.0'' W
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SAMBRO - Light Details


Location:Centre of island, south entrance Halifax Harbour
Standing:This light is still standing.
Operating:This light is operational
Automated:All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
Date Automated:Automated by 1988
Began:1758
Year Lit:1759
Structure Type:Octagonal stone tower, shingled, white, red bands
Light Characteristic:Flashing White (1992)
Tower Height:082ft feet high.
Light Height:140ft feet above water level.
Solarized:This light has been solarized.


History Items for This Lighthouse


  • 1758 - General Assembly passed bill to establish a light on island
  • 1759 - original tower 60 ft, white, light 115 ft
  • 1864 - iron lantern installed
  • 1906 - 22 feet added to tower, First Order Fresnel lens installed, new iron lantern
  • 1966 - Fresnel lens removed. Replaced by rotating airport beacon
  • 1968 - Iron lantern removed and replaced by aluminum. Tower 25 m. high.
  • Solarized after a break in the electric cable, with a Tideland TRB400 lens system, in 2008.