Trial Islands Lighthouse

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Trial Island Lighthouse
Trial island light.jpg
Lightstation as seen from Clover Point in Victoria, 1 May 2009
Trial Islands Lighthouse is located in British Columbia
Trial Islands Lighthouse
British Columbia
Location Oak Bay
British Columbia
Coordinates 48°23′42.4″N 123°18′18.7″W / 48.395111°N 123.305194°W / 48.395111; -123.305194Coordinates: 48°23′42.4″N 123°18′18.7″W / 48.395111°N 123.305194°W / 48.395111; -123.305194
Year first constructed October 1906 (first)[1]
Year first lit 1970 (current)
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, red balcony and lantern
Height 13 metres (43 ft)
Focal height 28.3 metres (93 ft)[2]
Original lens 4th order Fresnel lens (1906–1970)
flash (1970–present)
Range 13 kilometres (7.0 nmi)[2]
Characteristic Fl G 5s.[2]
Fog signal none
Admiralty number G5328[2]
CHS number 212[2]
NGA number 13700
ARLHS number CAN-506[3]
Managing agent Canadian Coast Guard[4]
Heritage heritage lighthouse Edit this on Wikidata

The major Trial Island is home to the Trial Islands Lighthouse which is operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, continues to be staffed by two full-time lightkeepers.[5] The lighthouse was constructed in 1906. The fourth order Fresnel lens from 1906 was used until it was replaced in 1970. That original lens is now on display courtesy of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Bastion Square in Downtown Victoria.[6] In September 2009 it was announced that the Trial Island Light would be automated to cut staffing costs.[6][7] The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation proposed Trial Island Lighthouse for protection through the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. Community support including stories and comments are gathered through the Friends of Trial Island Facebook page Trial Island Lighthouse is Victoria's landmark lighthouse. In 2015, thanks to the work of the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation and strong public support, it was announced that Trial Island Lighthouse had been granted heritage status.

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  1. ^ Coldwell, John A. "British Columbia Lighthouse Keeper Database". Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "List of Lights, Buoys, and Fog Signals". Fisheries and Oceans Canada. April 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Trial Island Light - ARLHS CAN-506". 12 May 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of British Columbia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, M.K. "Trial Island Lightstation". Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (27 April 2009). "Lighthouses of British Columbia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  7. ^ Clark, Sue (6 September 2009). "Canadian Lighthouse Keepers Being Removed: Four or Five To Be De-Staffed Immediately". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

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