It is hard not to do a double take now that our lighthouse painting has been completed - the response has been overwhelmingly positive. In particular - so many kudos for the colour of our trim red. (For the curious, a Benjamin Moore brand named Safety Red, a factory tinted paint resistant to fade....an easy choice.)
Our painter, Billy Connolly, did a great job completing the work over ten days including the Canada Day Holiday. (We think he took Sunday morning off for church.) The project was essentially ready for full appreciation on July 14th, two and a half weeks ahead of schedule. And, if you look carefully at the photo of Billy below, you may spot a tall ship just over his left shoulder!
So now we are onto final embellishments including a "wharf wall" trim over the crib, mounting of the Founding Members Plaque, and evening illumination of the beacon. We hope to complete all work by the end of August.
Between now and then, our team of SPHLS volunteers are hard at work selling raffle tickets to raise funds that will allow us to preserve the lighthouse in 'as restored' condition. Tickets will be on sale this weekend at the first event of the St. Peters Bay Blueberry Festival - the Community Yard Sale being held in the St. Peters Rink on Saturday, July 27th from 8:30 - 12:00 and also on Sunday, July 28th at the Morell Farmers Market from 9:00 - 1:00. We hope to see you there!
This tall ship is starting a two-month training run with 25 students and 15 staff. It arrived from the Maggies and is on its way to Miramichi where they will start a race! Enjoyed an overnight here in the Harbour as they were ahead of schedule. Bye, Bye!
Having finished the raise of the building this week brings the finishing strokes before painting.
Installation of one of four flags to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and the first year of SPHLS ownership. Go Brodie Go!
The flags are up and the new railing in. Time for SPHLS Directors Mel Anderson and Doug Milligan to share in a light moment. After Canada Day we paint!!!!
The Lighthouse now standing in rarified air!!! Hard to imagine how 4 feet can make her so proud and noble!!
A happy crew and job well done at 4:00 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017.
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SPHLS volunteers will be selling raffle tickets at the Morell COOP on Sunday, June 25th from 1-5 pm. We hope to see you there!
We are almost finished the last stage of cleaning the building with a high water pressure blast.
Three passes are made at the wall including one with an anti-mildew mixture. With the final pass, the original brown of the shingle returns.
You can see a 2100 gallon water truck at the parking area with its hose carefully placed along the path to the building.
Next week, stay tuned for raising the lighthouse!
In mid May, restoration of the lighthouse began with removal of the rusted handrail at the beacon platform. A new railing is now in fabrication.
Here, a specialized crew removes lead paint left from the last paint job by the Coast Guard in 2000. As projected, the original wood shingles from the late 1880s remain in great shape!
At the bottom of the left side of the lighthouse, you can just make out the excavation of sand which had covered shingles there for many years. In later June, the lighthouse will be raised four feet on a new wharf crib, so that drifting sand will no longer be a risk to the shingle wall.
And of course, work is proceeding with the protection of the beautiful environmental dunes. All materials are being hand carried up the access path from the parking lot.
Stay tuned for regular updates!
Raffle to help preserve the St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse!
PRIZES TO BE WON:
Tickets on sale: from June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017
Draw date: August 31st, 2017 - Rossiter Park Chalet, Morell, PE
Ticket Price: 1 for $3. 2 for $5. 5 for $10
Raffle Permit #: 14263. A maximum of 3000 tickets will be sold.
When visiting the lighthouse this spring and summer, please exercise caution. Signage will soon be installed to guide and inform visitors about the restoration process. In some cases, access may be limited. Your patience is appreciated while we move forward with the lighthouse project.
If you are interested in learning more about this restoration, please visit the newsletter section of our website.
Our thanks go out to John Morris for sharing this terrific video of our St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse! We are sure you will agree that these are truly unique views:)
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