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Fresh coat for iconic West Point Lighthouse

A crew uses a hydraulic lift to paint the exterior of the West Point lighthouse. The 142 year-old structure is remaining white with its distinctive black stripes.
A crew uses a hydraulic lift to paint the exterior of the West Point lighthouse. The 142 year-old structure is remaining white with its distinctive black stripes.

WEST POINT -- West Point’s iconic lighthouse is getting a fresh coat of paint.  

Mallard Painting from Pownal started the project on Monday and is expected to have the job completed by Saturday.

A crew lays tarps at the base of the West Point Lighthouse as a repainting project continues.

General manager of the lighthouse, Scott Smith said the tower was last painted seven years ago but this is the first time in several years that the lantern deck and the canopy are getting a touchup, with the red on top now going back to its original colour.
Mallard Painting’s owner Wade Clements described the colour as Coast Guard Red or Safety Red.

A bright red cap for on top.

Bernard Campbell spent part of the day Wednesday standing on the cap while applying the red paint, making him the focal point for camera-toting tourists on the beach below.

The lighthouse’s very recognizable horizontal black stripes are being retained.

Freeman Campbell is at the controls of the lift as Wade Clements of Mallard Painting spray paints the base of the lantern deck near the top of the West Point Lighthouse.

The surface area being painted on the 69-foot lighthouse is approximately 4,900 square feet, Clements reported. He said the lighthouse is the type of challenge his company likes to take on.

West Point Lighthouse

Smith reported the lighthouse inn is enjoying its best summer ever, reporting a 98 per cent room occupancy rate in August, up from 95 per cent in July. With demand so strong, the inn is staying open until the end of the month, instead of its usual mid-September closing, Visitors appeared content to photograph the painters from the beach area. 

The West Point Lighthouse, built in 1875, has been operational since 1876.

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