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The Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island. Image: Brad Perry

$170K in government funding for Grand Manan lighthouse

By Brad Perry Sep 21, 2023 | 2:17 PM

Fundraising efforts to restore an iconic Grand Manan lighthouse have received a boost from two levels of government.

The provincial and federal governments are each contributing $85,000 to the Swallowtail Keepers Society.

It will support major renovations and upgrades to the Swallowtail Lighthouse and light keeper’s building.

“We are thrilled with the support received from the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick,” Bart Myers, president of the Swallowtail Keepers Society, said in a news release.

“These contributions have allowed us to move forward with the restoration of these historic buildings and preserve them for generations to come.”

Work to restore the 163-year-old lighthouse and the light keeper’s building has been ongoing for several months.

The work was initially expected to cost around $479,000, but crews discovered significant water damage and rot when stripping the 90-year-old wooden shingles on the lighthouse.

“Major beams and posts were severely compromised and required replacement and/or repair,” the society said in a Facebook post on Sept. 4.

Those repairs added nearly $100,000 to the total price tag, which now stands at $573,000.

But officials said in early September that they had already managed to raise around $540,000, which included provincial and federal funding.

All of the construction work is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

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Posted by Swallow Tail Lighthouse on Monday, September 4, 2023