Northport Rear Range Lighthouse . Alberton . Prince Edward Island . Canada . Watercolor . 12" x9"
... on the Eastern shore of the Northwestern, upper peninsula of Prince Edward Island... a pair of aligned range lights on Savage Island preceded and led the way to a second pair of lights, located to mark a turning point toward the safest passage, when entering the channel into Alberton Harbour. These lights were originally little more than lanterns attached to the top of tall poles, supported over an open framework. The Savage Island lights were moved following a channel shift in 1891 and I'm not sure if they still exist. In 1903 the two Alberton, Northport lights; tapered square, wooden skeleton structures, were cladded and enclosed. This tower (illustrated) was the former Northport front range light. It was superseded in 1962... by a new structure, sited and built farther out (possibly now Cascompeue Light ?) and this tower, was then designated as the rear range light. With the addition of a straight-up square, 6-foot extension... this rear range luminary now stands at 42-feet above high tide. The tower is painted white with red trim and a single, seaward facing, vertical red stripe serving as the daylight navigation target. Both Northport range lights remain active.