Lighthouses of Grenada

Grenada is an island nation at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles. Although it was colonized initially by the French, it was a British colony from 1762 until it achieved independence in 1974. After the historic Point Saline Light was demolished, in the early 1980s, the country had no active traditional lighthouses except for the very small Fort George beacon. This has changed recently with the building of a private lighthouse at Prickly Point. In addition, Grenada has several other sites of interest to lighthouse fans, including a Swedish lightship in retirement as a marina restaurant.

Navigational aids in Grenada are presumably maintained by the Grenada Ports Authority.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Grenada
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
World of Lighthouses - Grenada
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Leuchttürme Mittelamerikas und der Karabik auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.

Lightship
*** Swedish Lightship 23 Västra Banken
1901 (Bergsunds Mekaniska Verkstad, Stockholm). Decommissioned 1970. 28 m (89 ft) steel lightship. The original superstructure of the ship was removed and is on display at a museum in Öregrund, Sweden; the ship now carries a modern superstructure and the light tower taken from lightship 21 Trelleborgs Redd. The light tower is placed near the stern; the original was amidships. Hull painted red, superstructure white, lantern blue. Iris Klempau has a closeup photo of the ship in Germany, a 2007 photo taken at its new home in Grenada is available, Claude Mafart has a closeup, Lightphotos.net has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. From 1923 to 1970 the lightship served on the Västra Banken station in the Baltic Sea off Gävle, Sweden, north of Stockholm. After deactivation, the lightship was sold as a restaurant. In 1999 it was sold again and moved to Stockholm as a houseboat. In November 2005 it was sold a third time, to developers of a marina and resort in Grenada. The ship was towed to Rostock, Germany, to be restored and re-equipped. It was then loaded on the MV Schippersgracht and carried to the West Indies, arriving at the new marina in December 2006. The ship was opened as a restaurant and conference center in June 2007. Located at Le Phare Bleu Marina on the south coast of Grenada, 5.5 km (3.5 mi) southeast of St. George's. Site open; ship open daily. Owner/site manager: Le Phare Bleu Marina and Resort. Formerly ARLHS SWE-256.

Fort George Light
St. George's Harbour Light, Fort George, November 2010
photo copyright Neal Doan; used by permission

Lighthouses
* Prickly Point
Date unknown (modern). Active (privately maintained); focal plane about 30 m (98 ft); continuous red light. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round tower with an observation room, topped by a mast. Lighthouse painted light green. Luca Patriccioli has a photo, Bob Hall has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located at Prickly Point, the southern tip of Grenada. Site and tower closed (private property), but the lighthouse can be seen from nearby. Owner/site manager: private. Admiralty J5830.3; NGA 15161.
* [Pointe Saline (lantern)]
1904. Inactive since the early 1980s. The original lighthouse was an 8.5 m (28 ft) steel post supporting a lantern and gallery. Huelse's postcard view is at right. In 1932, the lantern was transferred to the top of a 15 m (49 ft) concrete (?) tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. A 1970s photo (halfway down the page) of the 1932 lighthouse is available, and Huelse also has a postcard view of that lighthouse. Sadly, the light was deactivated and the tower demolished in the early 1980s. The lantern is now displayed at the nearby international airport; a German tourist has posted a photo (at the bottom of the page). The short shadow of the lighthouse is visible at the airport entrance in Google's satellite view. Site open. Owner/site manager: Maurice Bishop International Airport. ARLHS GRD-002.
Petits Cabrits
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 108 m (354 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 20 s. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) skeletal tower mounted on a square 1-story equipment building. Trabas has Rainer Arndt's photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a headland about 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of St. George's. Site status unknown. Admiralty J5830.2; NGA 15174.
* St. George's Harbour (Fort George)
1890s. Active(?); focal plane 57 m (187 ft); continuous red light. 4 m (15 ft) octagonal cylindrical brick tower mounted on the battlements of Fort George, a French fort built in 1707. Neal Doan's photo is at the top of the page, another good photo and a third photo (third photo on the page) are available, Bernd Clau├čen has photos, Lightphotos.net has a photo, and Trabas has a photo by Arno Siering, but the small building is hard to see in Google's satellite view of the fort. A Fresnel lens, probably fifth order, was formerly mounted in the tower but has been removed, we hope for safekeeping. Neal Doan visited the fort in November 2010 and found the structure to be in poor condition. Located on the north side of the entrance to the harbor of St. George's, the capital of Grenada. Site and tower apparently open. Site manager: Government of Grenada. ARLHS GRD-001; Admiralty J5834; NGA 15176.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

Point Saline Light
Point Saline lantern on the 1904 lighthouse
postcard scan courtesy of Klaus Huelse

Adjoining pages: North: St. Vincent and the Grenadines | South: Trinidad and Tobago

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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised December 19, 2014. Lighthouses: 3; lightships: 1. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.