Renovation work set to begin on two Manitoulin lighthouses

Mississagi Lighthouse - File Photo

MANITOULIN—The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has indicated that work will commence very soon on two Manitoulin Island lighthouses in need of major repairs.

“This is very good news,” stated Rick Nelson, co-chair of the Lacloche-Manitoulin Lighthouse Committee. “We are happy they (DFO) are moving forward with the necessary repairs on these two Island lighthouses. Hopefully, after this work, attention will be given to the other lighthouses on the Island as well.”

Rosaleen O’Mahony, communications advisor for the DFO explained in an email to the Recorder on Monday, “there is currently an open tender notice for work at the Mississagi Strait Lighthouse (in Meldrum Bay) and Janet Head lighthouses. It closes tomorrow (August 9).”

The scope of the work on the two lighthouses, “comprises of repairs and upgrades to two recognized heritage lighthouses located on Manitoulin Island at Mississagi Strait west of Meldrum Bay and Janet Head, north of Gore Bay.”

Ms. O’Mahony explained, “the repairs required are as follows: new cedar shingles, metal roof assembly repairs, flashing repairs, chimney reconstruction, miscellaneous trim repairs, repaint cast iron panels, replacement of glass panes, interior and exterior cleaning to lantern room, new siding and underlayment, painting, perimeter structural wood beam investigation, repair of stone foundation, repointing mortar joints, damp proofing and installation of foundation drainage barrier and weeping tiles, various wood window and door repairs and or replacement, scraping/sanding/painting, vinyl window repairs, repair of interior plaster, repairs and modifications to railings and stairs, regrading.”

Once the notice for tender is closed the received proposals will be re-evaluated by Public Works and Procurement Canada. The work is slated to take 10 weeks on the lighthouses and be completed this fall.