Baccaro Lighthouse dome getting touched up
The dome on the Baccaro Lighthouse is getting a paint job. Work began in late October.
“They’re going to sandblast and paint the dome, just the metal part,” said Bill Powley, a member of the group, Keepers of the Baccaro Light.
“It’s a government project. They own the building. We raised money a few years ago and painted the building. We were fortunate this spring that one of our members got a hold of the right person” (in the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard), he said, adding a meeting on site this past summer with department representatives generated “a very positive response from them because all of our members showed up and I think that impressed them.”
Powley said the dome on the Baccaro Lighthouse is “rather iconic.”
“There’s only two like it in Nova Scotia,” he said. “The other one is in Peggy’s Cove.”
Meanwhile the Keepers of the Baccaro Light are looking towards next summer and touching up the corner boards on the wooden structure.
“We painted it two summers ago and gale winds wore the paint off the corner boards. It looks like it was sandblasted,” said Powley “We’ll paint that and try and make it look as nice as possible for the tourists.”
As a fundraiser, the Keepers of the Baccaro Light are selling raffle tickets on a solar power lighthouse donated by Wilsons Home Hardware Building Centre and a framed print donated by Causeway Interiors.
Powley said the volunteer group are hoping they can further improve the Baccaro Light site, which attracts visitors and local residents daily.
“We’re very happy with the cooperation we’re getting from the Municipality of Barrington,” who look after the grounds in the summer, said Powley. “We put in security cameras and they proven fruitful. Preserving the light is our main aim. It’s one of the very few lighthouses in Nova Scotia that you can drive right up to and walk around.”
For more information on The Keepers of the Baccaro Light visit their Facebook page.
A worker throws a coil of rope down from the top of the Baccaro Lighthouse. The dome on the lighthouse is being sandblasted and painted by contract work through the federal government.
A lighthouse at Baccaro Point has guided the way for mariners since 1851. The current structure was built in 1934 to replace the original lighthouse that was destroyed by fire. In the background is the last radar tower from what once was CFS Barrington. The radar tower has been operated as an unmanned Canadian Coastal Radar station under NORAD since the early 1990s.
A worker closes the door to the Baccaro Lighthouse after spending the day sandblasting the dome.