Cape Norman

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Cape Norman is located in Newfoundland
Cape Norman
Cape Norman
Location of Cape Norman in Newfoundland

Cape Norman is a barren, limestone headland located at the northernmost point of insular Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cape Norman first appeared on French maps as Cape Dordois, in 1713, and then as Cape Normand in 1744. Eventually, the name became anglicised to Cape Norman.


Cape Norman Lighthouse
Location Cape Norman
Coordinates 51°37′41.7″N 55°54′21.1″W / 51.628250°N 55.905861°W / 51.628250; -55.905861
Year first constructed 1871 (first)
Year first lit 1964 (current)
Foundation concrete base
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape octagonal frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern
Height 15 metres (49 ft)
Focal height 35 metres (115 ft)
Original lens 3rd order fresnel lens
Current lens 3rd order fresnel lens
Range 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) W 30s.
Admiralty number H0140
CHS number CCG 223
NGA number 1032
ARLHS number CAN-679
Managing agent Canadian Coast Guard[1][2]

The Canadian government built a wooden, hexagonal lighthouse at Cape Norman during the summer construction seasons of 1870 and 1871, and the lighthouse was lit for the first time on 1 October 1871. In 1890, following the wreck of the SS Montreal at Belle Isle the previous summer, a steam-operated fog alarm was installed at the lightstation. John Campbell, a steam engineer from Pictou, Nova Scotia, was hired as lightkeeper and fog alarm engineer, replacing Henry Locke, the former lightkeeper. Campbell arrived at the cape in July 1890, beginning a family tenure which lasted until 1992, when the lightstation was automated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

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Coordinates: 51°37′50″N 55°53′51″W / 51.63056°N 55.89750°W / 51.63056; -55.89750