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DSC_8934 - Georges Island

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This is George's island in Halifax Harbour. It was originally named Snowshoe Island. In 1749 it was named "George Island" after King George II, and then, in 1963, it was renamed "Georges Island". It was part of the "Halifax Defence Complex" from the mid-18th century to the Second World War, with Citadel Hill and Fort Charlotte on the island. For nearly two hundred years Georges Island was the scene of constant military activity. Tales of executions and hidden tunnels surround the folklore associated with the island. It had an Island Prison Camp, a Look Out Point, an Acadian Prison camp, and a Quarantine Station. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



The first lighthouse on George's Island was established in 1876.


Lighthouse Location: West side of island

Lighthouse Now: Started 1918, white Octagonal concrete tower

Light first lit: 1919 - red lantern

Tower height: 052ft feet.

Light height: 056ft feet.

Light range: 13 miles.

Light characteristic: Fixed White (1992).

Light automated (destaffed): 1972


The Tall Ship "Liana's Ransom" is seen here near Georges Island, it does sailing trips in the harbour during tourist season. It is a 65 foot, steel hulled schooner built in Houston, Texas. Construction began in 1998, but she was not launched until 2002.

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Taken on September 20, 2008