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On the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Chebucto Head lighthouse is a main beacon guiding ships into the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

From Wikipedia:
The first lighthouse at Chebucto Head was built in 1872 with a steam foghorn just below it. It was replaced by a second tower in 1928. This tower was demolished in 1940 and a new lighthouse and combined keeper’s dwelling was built several hundred metres to the north to make way for a gun battery. In 1967 the light was moved from the house to the a new concrete tower which still stands today. The house remained the keeper’s dwelling until the light was destaffed in the 1990s.

During World War II, Halifax Harbour was the primary fast convoy departure and arrival point in eastern North America. The Royal Canadian Artillery operated a searchlight and coastal gun battery at Chebucto Head as part of “Fortress Halifax” as a means of providing an integrated defense for the port. The Chebucto Head battery was the key outer battery of the Western side of harbour defending it from possible attacks by Nazi U-boats or surface raiders. The fortified battery was armed with three Elswick 6 inch naval guns with associated searchlight, director tower, generators, a long-range optical rangefinder and by 1943 a radar artillery control unit. The battery was decommissioned in the early 1950s but many bunkers remain, now privately owned.

Oct. 2005
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Comments

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    A beauty, George. What a grand old lighthouse in such a lovely setting. Very interesting read, too!

  • Hi Mike, good to see you again. Thanks for the comment, always appreciated.
    Jann and I just got back from 2 weeks wandering around the BC lower interior, up and down back roads and valleys we’d never seen, and then a couple of days with some RBers at our second annual Meet N Greet at Canmore, AB. It went off very well, more folks than last year.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    CHPS?

  • Sure! must have skipped over it too fast..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Sounds like a great time, George! Looking forward to the pics. I’m away to the Laurentians (Mont Tremblant) on the 15th for the weekend, then I’ll be up in Montreal on August 8th for a meet. It’ll be my second – good times!

  • I think we have around 2300 shots that we kept. I get the job of sorting and labeling. Not sure why that is. mmmmm…
    Had some interesting times,,on the way back the Trans Canada was blocked by a landslide and we had to detour down old # 7, 2 lanes, took hours to get back on the TCH again. Us and a zillion others!! The joys of motoring, as my Dad used to say..lol!
    Have fun at MontTremblant..I guess the meet in August is RBers?? Should be good, we enjoyed this one out here. Nice to meet some folks in person!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    2300 shots? That should take you a couple of hours, eh? Yes, it is an RB meet – should have mentioned that! It is great to meet the folks in person. And your drive and detour sounds traffic in Montreal at the moment. I guess it’s a real mess! :o)

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

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