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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Point Amour Lighthouse ~ Labrador

Point Amour Lighthouse is now a museum but in its time, it was home to the lighthouse keeper and his family.

All of the lighthouse have now been automated and several have been turned into museums or interpretive centres.  I personally think this is rather sad that not only did people lose their jobs but in most cases they lost their family houses.  Lighthouse Keepers would be 2, 3 or 4 generations looking after the lighthouse.  Old ways are disappearing much to fast!!

But on to big and better things right!! :)


The Point Amour Lighthouse stands tall amid limestone cliffs near the small, historically significant community of L'Anse Amour, on the south coast of Labrador.


Towering at 33 meters, it is the tallest in Atlantic Canada and second highest in the country. A panoramic view of the surrounding land and sea, and a glimpse of its historical attributes can be witnessed during the 132 step adventure to the top.


Dating to the 1850s, the Point Amour Light-station has figured prominently in the lives of the people of Southern Labrador for nearly one and a half centuries. The lighthouse has been partially restored to the period of its original construction and is designated a Provincial Historic Site.



An extensive series of exhibits that portray the rich maritime history of the Labrador Straits are housed in this historic structure. Today, the lighthouse stands as a tribute to the eventful past in which it played a significant role. Point Amour is also a symbol of our maritime heritage, and a history that has always been linked with the sea.


On August 08, 1922, the wreck of the 12,000 ton British warship, known as the HMS Raleigh, became the most famous marine disaster in the history of the Strait of Belle Isle. Launched just three years before, this 605 foot, 700 crew vessel was on its way from Port Saunders, Newfoundland, toward Forteau Bay where officers would go for salmon and trout fishing. In heavy fog, the Raleigh approached its destination, barely missing a massive iceberg that was in its path. While avoiding this collision, the ship went into shallow waters, and the rocks of Forteau Bay ripped a 360 foot gash through the belly of the Raleigh. The speed and size of the ship grounded it near Point Amour Lighthouse, just 200 yards from shore. Eleven lives were lost as a result of this wreck. The remaining officers and crewmen, some 680 plus individuals, spent that night scattered about the buildings of the Point Amour Light-station.


The Raleigh Trail ~ Welcome to the Raleigh Trail.  The trail is actually the road which once connected the Point Amour Lighthouse to the community of Lanse Amour, where the lighthouse supplies were landed.  This road was in use until the present gravel road was constructed in 1970s.  A walk along the trail offers spectacular view of the Strait of Belle Isle and leads to the site of the wreck of HMS Raleigh and several other ships.


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