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THE SOUTHWEST COAST DEVELOPMENT ASSOC
AND
THE TOWN OF ROSE BLANCHE, NEWFOUNDLAND
Wishes to thank you for your continued interest in The
ROSE BLANCHE LIGHTHOUSE


HISTORY

1873

After a petition was presented to the government of the day
by local residents construction began on the ROSE BLANCHE
LIGHTHOUSE.
Situated on a rocky outcrop known locally as THE NECK.





The lighthouse opened in 1875 and this old photo
may have been taken at a "Garden Party" held to mark the
opening of this first lighthouse on the Southwest Coast
of NEWFOUNDLAND.





Built from local grey granite, quarried at a site just
yards from the lighthouse.
Over the years the lighthouse {with its 4th order light} shone
as a friendly beacon to local fishermen and passing sailors.


Alas, the old lighthouse surrcumbed to modern technology and
was abandoned in 1946 for a more modern facility on nearby
Caines Island.


Since the motar that had been used was of poor quality,just 10 yrs
after it was decommissioned,the light keepers house collapsed during a fierce autumn storm
Oct.1957

This marked the end of an era.

Only the actual light tower remained standing.
In 1972 when a Rural Development Association was formed in the
area to foster economic development the rebuilding of the lighthouse
was quickly identified as a potenial tourist attraction.
For the next 20 yrs this was THE DREAM.


Just when it looked like the Rural development asociation were
being put out to pasture our lucky break came, when govermaent called
for proposals for substainable development our proposal for the
Rebuilding of the Old Lighthouse
was sitting there all ready to go in the mail!
This was not to be the end of our struggle, it received mixed
reviews from the people holding the purse strings.
Finally in late August we received word that the project was going
to be funded.
We were esstatic--but not for long, when the number crunching was over,
we were only going to get 60% of the money we were going to need to complete it.
now it was our turn to crunch numbers.
It was back to the table to negotiate the cost of different
components of the proposal.
We came up with a plan in which 80% of the lighthouse would be finished
and about 50% of the park area.

WORK BEGINS OUR DREAM IS BECOMING A REALITY

This is what the crew started with:





During the fall, the usuable stone was recovered from the rubble
They were cleaned and catalogued.
throughtout the winter the crew were in school learning their new trade.
Stone Masonary


March 1997 our egos got a bit of a boost. The SWCDA was notified that we were to
be the recipients of The Manning Award
. These awards are presented by The Newfoundland Historic Trust.
They honor groups and individuals for their contribution to the
preservation of our cultural heritage.
So it is off to Government House, the home of the Lt.Governor of Newfoundland
to be presented with the award on behalf of the SWCDA



The next day Rita and I were guest of honor at a reception at the Canadain Coast
Guard Base.

While there we were presented with a working light
to display at Rose Blanche


We were both given 10 yr service pins in recognition of our devotion to the
restoration


THE SPRING 1997
Work finally begins and each week we see another course being finished.
The walls slowly rise, the peaks are built and the day we went
down and were finally standing under a roof, Rita and I both cried.

Construction Pictures to go here.
Links to some great pages


THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION PLEASE REVISIT
SEPT 27*****WORK STATED AGAIN TODAY ON THE LIGHTHOUSE!!!!


"THE PINK TRINITY SLATE ROOF IS NOW BEING PUT IN PLACE"
All broken peices are being save to make souveniers


April 17 1999 Finally the task we under took is completed
The Rose Blanche Lighthouse will be opened officially on
July 23 1999
We are now in the process of setting up
A Board of Trustees
who will manage the site, for the town of Rose Blanche
The Southwest Coast Development Associtation
will move on to other things
I am house hunting in another area, and will turn this over to others
Reluctantly, but proudly.
This is a time to thank our funding agencies, and partners
To acknowledge those who stuck with this project THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.








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Many Thanks to Glenn Savory
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