Lighthouses of St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis (more formally, the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis) is a two-island nation in the Leeward Islands, at the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea. Originally named San Cristóbal by Columbus, the island of St. Kitts was the site of the first British settlement in the West Indies in 1623 and also the first French settlement in 1625. Britain and France struggled to control the islands until 1713, when the Treaty of Utrecht awarded them to Britain. The country became independent of Britain in 1983.

Tourism is a major industry in St. Kitts, supported by an international airport and a modern cruise ship terminal. Aids to navigation are maintained by the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority.

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
Our World Lighthouses
The web site of Douglas Cameron has photos of St. Kitts lights taken in December 2007. For the St. Kitts page, click on "Caribbean" and then on "St. Kitts."
Online List of Lights - St. Kitts and Nevis
Photos by Cameron posted by Alexander Trabas.
World of Lighthouses - St. Kitts and Nevis
Photos by various photographers available from

St. Kitts Museum Light
St. Kitts National Museum Light, Basseterre, January 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by J. Stephen Conn

** St. Kitts National Museum (Old Treasury Building)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); quick-flashing red light. Light mounted on the peak of the roof above the entrance to the museum, a 2-story stone building. Stephen Conn's photo is above, Indra Kalinovitch also has a good photo, Trabas has Cameron's photo, has a photo and a second photo, and Google has a satellite view. According to Findlay's 1879 list, a small light was established "on the beach at Basseterre" in 1846. The Old Treasury Building was built in 1894 and served as a government office building for more than 100 years. In 2004 it was donated to the St. Christopher Heritage Society as a museum and society headquarters. The building was originally on the waterfront, but the coastline in the area has been extended with fill to construct a cruise ship welcome center called Port Zante. Located at Fort Street and Bay Road in downtown Basseterre, just northwest of the cruise ship pier. Site and building open. Operator: St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority. Site manager: St. Christopher Heritage Society. Admiralty J5673.21; NGA 14754.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

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Adjoining pages: North: St.-Barthélemy | East: Antigua and Barbuda | Northwest: Saba and Sint Eustatius

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Posted December 26, 2007. Checked and revised November 20, 2014. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.