These pictures were taken before restoration of the Race Rocks Lighthouse in 2009-2010
The Times Colonist ran an article on the problems of the deterioration of the heritage light tower at Race Rocks.Jack Knox and Deborah Brash pay a visit to the tower at the end of January 2007. The following article appears in the Times Colonist.
A beacon of hope for Race Rocks
Carney tries again to win protection for prize lighthouses now withering away, Jack Knox, Times Colonist, Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2007.
The Condition at RR
|Inside the tower, on the way up the stairs, the walls become pockmarked with condensation blisters||Near the fog sensor, which is set into a south facing window, moisture has caused the wall surface to crumble||The flaking is extensive in the top third of the tower||When the stairs are not swept, there is a continual rain of sand and paint chips.|
|Near the window where the counterweight is stationed, the crumbling is particularly obvious.||Looking downstaters at the same window. The yellow flag denotes the top of the stairs.||Even the inside of the lantern room has condensation from the windows loosening the painted surface.The light in the foreground is state of the art in low energy consumption.||Outside at the base of the windows, caulking has deteriorated, allowing driving rains to send moisture inside.|
|Wherever iron is exposed, rusting and deterioration sets in.. this is at the base of one of the windows in the lantern room.||Moisture builds up even behind recent painting.||The metal straps underneath the lantern room which help to anchor the top in place are rusted and partly detached from the decaying sandstone wall.||A crack in the lantern room window apparently appeared years ago when the Coast guard was doing blasting for construction on the island|
|Crack width on tower
|Corrosion of steel on railing around lantern room, Sept. 2007|
Fortunately in 2009-2010 , DFO restored the tower. See this page with pictures taken by the Ecoguardian Ryan Murphy