Lighthouses of Dominica

Dominica is an independent island nation located in the central part of the Lesser Antilles, the curving chain of islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea. It is not so well known as its two French neighbors, Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south. The island has an area of about 750 km2 (290 mi2) and a population of about 75,000. Although settled initially by France, Dominica became a British colony in 1763. It has been independent since 1978. English is the official language, but French is also spoken. Note: the name Dominica is pronounced with the accent on the third syllable (Doe-mi-nee-ca).

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

Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110. ARLHS does not list any lights in Dominica.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Dominica
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
World of Lighthouses - Dominica
Photos by various photographers available from
Nautical chart for Dominica.
Scott's Head Light
Scott's Head Light, Scott's Head, August 2010
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Postdif
* [Scott's Head]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unlisted; quick-flashing white light. Approx. 5 m (17 ft) post. Wikimedia has a 2010 photo (a small portion is shown above), has a closeup, and Trabas has a distant view by Capt. Theo Hinrichs, and Marc Crandall has a street view, but the post is not seen in Google's satellite view. Scott's Head is actually a tombolo: a small island attached to the southern tip of Dominica by a gravel bar; Wikimedia has a view across the bar. Located atop the promontory; accessible by a trail crossing the bar from the nearby village also called Scott's Head. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: unknown. Admiralty J5770; NGA 14929.
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unlisted; two continuous red lights, one above the other. Approx. 30 m (98 ft) triangular skeletal communications tower. Trabas has a photo by Capt. Peter Mosselberger but the tower has not been found in Bing's satellite view. Located at Barroui (Baroui) on the northwestern coast of Dominica just north of Salisbury. Site status unknown. Owner/site manager: unknown. Admiralty J5760.4; NGA 14926.
Barbers Block (Morne Espagnol)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unlisted; continuous lights, one red and one green, arranged vertically. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal communications tower painted in with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has Capt. Peter Mosselberger's photo and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a high ridge near the northwestern tip of the island. Site status unknown. Owner/site manager: unknown. Admiralty J5760.8; NGA 14925.

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Adjoining pages: North: Guadeloupe | South: Martinique

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Posted December 7, 2010. Checked and revised January 25, 2019. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.