Lighthouses of Saint-Barthélemy

This page includes lighthouses of a small territory of France located in the Leeward Islands at the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea. Saint-Barthélemy, often known informally as St.-Barth or St.-Barts, has an unusual history: although settled by France it was sold to Sweden in 1784. The Swedes ruled the island until 1878, when they sold it back to France. A result of the Swedish occupation is that many place names on the island are Swedish. The capital, Gustavia, is named for King Gustav III of Sweden.

The two French territories of St.-Martin and St.-Barthélemy were formerly governed as dependencies of the larger island of Guadeloupe but since 2007 they have reported separately to Paris as collectivités of France.

Most of the lighthouses of the Lesser Antilles are very poorly known, so information about them would be welcome, and photos are especially welcome.

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 numbers are from Publication 110.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Saint Barthélemy
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
World of Lighthouses - Saint Barthélemy
Photos by various photographers available from
Lighthouses in Saint-Barthélemy
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
Navigational chart for Saint-Barthelémy.

Gustavia Light, Gustavia, Christmas Day 2018
contributed photo copyright Rosalie Beasley
* Gustavia
1961. Active; focal plane 64 m (210 ft); flash every 12 s, white, green or red depending on direction. 9 m (29 ft) round conical tower painted white with a single red band at the top. The lantern has been removed and is on display at the Musée Municipal de St.-Barthélemy in Gustavia. Rosalie Beasley's photo is above, Dietrich Lawrenz has a 2007 photo, Trabas has a photo by Douglas Cameron, Geoff Schultz has a photo showing the lighthouse above the town, Patrick Tu has a closeup street view, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a hill at the site of historic Fort Gustave overlooking Gustavia harbor on the west side of the island of St.-Barthélemy. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS STM-002; Admiralty J5664; NGA 14736.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Adjoining pages: North: Saint-Martin | South: Saint Kitts-Nevis | Southwest: Saba and Sint Eustatius

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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised January 11, 2019. Lighthouses: 1. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.