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Lantern, headlight


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Nom de l'objet : Lantern, headlight
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools and Equipment for Communication
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Visual Communication T and E
Matériaux : Metal, brass, steel, steel wire, glass
Numéro de catalogue : WP.1983.TC.018.006
Numéro d'accession : WP.1983.TC.018.006
Fabricant : Dominion Lighthouse Depot, Prescott, Ontario
Description : Large copper headlight lantern with circular clear glass window on front. Side door on right for filling interior burner, has a brass turnkey closure. Large concave reflector behind the burner is silver plated. Copper chimney has a conical top. Copper body has several lead solder seams. Heavy wire handle is attached to the top. Prescott made.
Commentaires : The headlight lantern was a uni-directional range light lantern used to guide ships into a harbour. The lamp was held securely in place inside the copper casing. There is a flue similar to the ones used in house lamps but with a larger wick. The lantern could be carried or hung from the handle by the wire handle. A door on the right opens to reveal the lamp, which can be removed for cleaning or maintenance. The wick can be adjusted from this door. The wick would need to be changed often, depending on the burn time. The oil is stored within a tank inside the casing. The lantern would be off in the daytime. This style of lantern was not often used and it was not used at West Point, however there was one like this at the Rustico range light and another in use at the Tignish Run range light. It would have been hung from a pole and would have been on a pulley that would lift the lantern up through an opening in the roof of the small range light shed. Two cables would secure the lantern in place on the pole. After the 1970's these lanterns would have been made of stainless steel. This lantern was Prescott made, meaning made at the Department of Marine and Fisheries-Dominion Lighthouse Depot in Prescott, Ontario, established in 1903. This depot made lenses and all related lighthouse keeping apparatus and supplied the D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) in Prince Edward Island and surrounding area. It was a center for experiments in illumination, light station equipment, and manufacturing. This source for lighthouse equipment would greatly reduce Canada's former dependence on foreign suppliers. Reference: Interview with Noel Palmer " retired, D.O.T. employee for 35 years
Hauteur : 79.5
Largeur : 35
Profondeur : 22
Établissement : West Point Lighthouse
Ville de l'établissement : O'Leary
Province de l'établissement : Prince Edward Island
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