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:)
Your Executive is delighted to report that the MOA (purchase agreement) for our lighthouse has been concluded with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), according to the terms of the Heritage Lighthouse Act.
This announcement follows the successful completion earlier this month of the required 90 day public appeal period, and the subsequent issue by the DFO of our Bill of Sale Absolute.
Stay tuned for the completion of our (GA) restoration grant. The money is on the way and soon will be deposited in our account at the Morell Credit Union.
With SPHLS ownership, and as advertised, our Founding Membership Campaign has now been concluded. In August, we look forward to celebrations at the lighthouse, and unveiling a handsome bronze plaque featuring the names of all of our Founding Members.
Thanks so much for your contributions and helping save our lighthouse!!!
St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse Society (SPHLS)
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