Coal Shoal Lighthouse Reconstruction
We are very excited to be able to provide professional engineering services for the reconstruction of the Coal Shoal Lighthouse after the existing structure built in 1856 burnt down in the Summer of 2018.
The Five Mile Light
On July 23, 2018, lightning stuck the Cole Shoal Lighthouse on the St. Lawrence River. The light house burnt down in 30 minutes after being on the river for 162 years. The light was known as the Five Mile Light as it was five miles West of the City of Brockville.
IN Engineering volunteered professional engineering services for the reconstruction effort of the project. As part of our mission statement we wish to give back to the community whenever possible. Our professionalism and engineering experience was recognized by the committee and local dignitaries during the fundraising campaign launch on February 15, 2019.
Our first step is to reconstruct the original dimensions from any available data – which turns out isn’t that much. All that remains of the original structure is the foundation. We have some data of the original base dimensions of the lighthouse but no original construction drawings. By using Sketchup’s photo match tool we were able to determine that the height based on the dimensions of the base. The height of the original lighthouse was 19ft. The next steps were to design the new structure.