George Island Light

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George Island Light
George Island Light is located in Manitoba
George Island Light
Location George Island
Lake Winnipeg
Year first constructed 1906
Year first lit 1906
Automated 1981
Construction steel skeletal tower
Tower shape square frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern red steel frame, white lantern room
Height 15.5 metres (51 ft)
Focal height 20 metres (66 ft)
Characteristic Fl W 4s.
CHS number CCG 1608
ARLHS number CAN-845
Managing agent Canadian Coast Guard[1]

George Island Light is a lighthouse located on George Island that lies in the middle of the North Basin of Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is located approximately 400 km (250 mi) north from Winnipeg, and approximately halfway between the shore communities of Grand Rapids and Poplar River.

The lighthouse structure is 15.5 metres (51 ft) tall square pyramidal steel skeletal tower painted red, with enclosed lantern room on top, painted white. The lantern has a focal plane of 20 metres (66 ft) and it displays a white flash every four seconds visible in all directions. The light is maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The lighthouse was built in 1906 to aid navigation in the treacherous North Basin. It had a lighthouse keeper until 1981. The George Island Light was the last lighthouse to be fitted as a fully automatic light. The last lighthouse keeper, Mr. Willard Olson, served on George Island every year starting from 1951 until 1981.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Canada: Manitoba". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°49′10″N 97°36′50″W / 52.81944°N 97.61389°W / 52.81944; -97.61389