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Sheringham Point Lighthouse is located near the community of Shirley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The light station was built in 1912, and in 2010 the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans declared the lightstation and surrounding lands surplus.
On the night of February 26, 1862, the sailing ship Anna Barnard, bound from San Francisco to Sooke, British Columbia, approached Vancouver Island in the dark of night. Captain Olmstead and his seven-man crew could hear the pounding surf, but thick, soupy fog prevented them from seeing exactly how close to shore they were. Their luck ran out when they struck rocks a few miles from Sheringham Point.
Although the Carmanah Point Lighthouse marked the northern entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, there were still several nautical miles of unnerving darkness before a ship entering the strait from the north would see the light at Race Rocks. This dark void disappeared in 1912 with the establishment of the Sheringham Point Lighthouse. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the shoreline of Sheringham Point.