Swift Point Lighthouse In West Saint John Rebuilt

Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 16:45 PM

The historic Swift Point lighthouse in west Saint John which burned to the ground last summer has been rebuilt by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The original lighthouse dates back to 1869 and in June of last year it caught fire but city fire department wasn't able to determine the cause.

Kevin Levy who is with the Coast Guard's Maritime and Civil Infrastructure team tells CHSJ News after the fire, a review was done and it was found the lighthouse is required for navigation for local sailors and then it was determined they would put up a similar looking structure.

In November, the Coast Guard's MCI team cleared a path and poured the foundation. Levy says the aluminum frames which were built in a shop in Nova Scotia were delivered to Saint John before Christmas and local Coast Guard personnel installed them on-site.

"Once the frames were stacked on site, we then use PVC and vinyl finishings to give it the lighthouse appearance," says Levy. "We use PVC and vinyl siding that very much replicate the traditional cedar-shake shingles and cornerboards."

The light in the new lighthouse, which is solar-powered, has been in operation since about the middle of January. 

 

 

Photos: Canadian Coast Guard