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Maugher Beach Light (McNab's Island Light)
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Date Established: 1815
Date Present Tower Built: 1941
Height of Tower: 54 ft.
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DescriptionMaugher Beach lighthouse on what is now known as McNab's Island was first established in 1815. Maugher Beach in addition to being the home of several lighthoues, has also had a rather gruesome chapter in its past. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy used the beach to display the bodies of executed sailors as a warning to others tempted to disobey the regulations of His Majesty's Naval Service.
All vessels entering or leaving Halifax harbor pass close to the Maugher Beach lighthouse as the beach extends about 1,000 yards out into the harbor's entrance. The first light was exhibited only when navel vessels were expected to enter the harbor. The light atop the stone Sherbrooke Tower at Maugher Beach and was exhibited beginning in 1828. The original tower suffered damage regularly from storms sweeping in off the North Atlantic. A breakwater was built in 1875 to protect the beach and dwellings. A massive storm in 1931 nearly destroyed the Martello tower and spelled the end of the tower. The exhisting reinforced concrete lighthouse was built in 1941; the remains of the old tower were finally demolished in 1944.