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First Step In Saving Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse More Difficult Than Expected

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The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society has taken the first big step in saving their island lighthouse.

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Built in 1858 on an island in the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron, in 2016 the Canadian National Trust listed the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse as one of Canada’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties. It is estimated that it will cost well over $2 million to save and restore it.

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A recent engineering inspection determined that the tower is not in danger of collapse, and there is currently no sign of interior stress. However, the exterior is another story. It was determined that all of the exterior stone is coming away and that it all needs to be replaced.

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The tower is shown here getting a massive shrink wrapping that was believed would protect the tower for up to five years allowing the group to continue the fundraising to save the lighthouse. But within days of the shrink wrapping having been completed a strong wind storm ripped the wrap off the lighthouse. The group returned to the lighthouse and installed a heavier duty shrink wrap. The organization is to be credited for their tenacity in working to save this historic and beautiful lighthouse. (Photos by Robert Square.)

This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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