Carmanah Point Light

by Captain Alec Provan and John MacFarlane 2016

Carmanah Point Light

Carmanah Point Light (Photo from the Captain Alec Provan collection. )

Carmanah Point Light (List of Lights 180 G5288) is located on the SW side of Vancouver Island, between Nitinat Lake and Port San Juan, Renfrew Land District. It is a White octagonal tower and exhibits a Flash 0.1s; eclipse 4.9 s. Year round. Chart: 3606.

The first light was built of wood. The present tower was built in 1920 of concrete and is a tapered, octagonal reinforced concrete tower. The name was adopted 3 April 1934 on C.3607 in association with Carmanah Point, as identified on British Admiralty Charts from 1891. A lighthouse and fog signal station was established at Carmanah Point in 1891, and subsequent editions of Admiralty Chart #1911, Approaches to Juan de Fuca Strait, noted: "shipwrecked mariners will obtain food, shelter and assistance at Cape Beale and Carmanah lighthouses, which are telegraph & signal stations".

Light Keepers: William Phillip Daykin (1891–1912); George Woodley (1912); Robert S. Daykin (1912–1917); James W. Davies (1917–1924); Thomas A. McNabb (1924–1930, 1944); John Alfred Hunting (1930–1931); Henry Seymour Briggs (1931–1934); Henry I. McKenzie (1935); G.M. Clark (1935); William Charles Copeland (1935–1940); Walter Calverly, (1940–1941); F.A. Mountain (1941–1946); Francis George Copeland (1946–1952); G.D. Wellard (1952–1958); Bert Pearce (1964–1969); Arthur Britton (1970–1976); Robert W. Noble (1976–1979); Don DeRousic (1979–1983); Dieter Losel (1983–1986); Jerry K. Etzkorn (1986–2013).

Refrences:;; BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office; Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971);;

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Provan, Captain Alec and MacFarlane, John M. (2016) Carmanah Point Light. 2016.

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