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Name: Fort Amherst Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Location: St. John's Harbour, southeastern Newfoundland.


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Photo: Jack and Rosalind Power
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Managing Organization:
Fort Amherst Museum, Photo Gallery and Tearoom

Telephone: 709-754-0619

Email: jpower@mun.ca

Notes:
The original lighthouse on this site was the first lighthouse in Newfoundland.

Tower Height: 17

Height of Focal Plane: 131

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 15 seconds, visible for 13 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal wooden tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1810: Tower on top of barracks building.

Date Established: 1810

Date Present Tower Built: 1951

Fog Signal: Automated horn, two second blast every 20 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

Museum?
In recent years Jack and Rosalind Power have operated a museum and tearoom in one of the former keeper's dwellings. Check ahead to see if the museum and tearoom are open.

Directions:
Fort Amherst can be reached by taking Southside Road along the southern edge of St. John's Harbour.

Keepers: Corporals Purcell and Brown, and other military personnel (1810-?), Philip Roach (?-1852), John Sheppard (1857-1887), Austin Sheppard (1887-1924), Captain Robert C. Sheppard (1924-1938), John Flynn (1938-1939), Archibald Way (1939-194?), Ben Dalton (?-1949), Leo Power (1949-1972), Ed Brake (1972-1975), Con Bennett (1975-1982).

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