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Cape Bauld is a headland located at the northernmost point of Quirpon Island, an island just northeast of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cape Bauld, slightly north and east of Cape Norman, delineates the eastern end of the Strait of Belle Isle.

The English explorer John Cabot may have landed at Cape Bauld on June 24, 1497, though Cape Bonavista is also mentioned as a potential landing point. Cape Bauld is only some nine kilometers (5.6 miles) northeast of the verified Viking archeological site, the L'Anse aux Meadows coastal location, dating to five centuries earlier than Cabot's date of achievement.

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Cape Bauld Lighthouse
Location Cape Bauld
Quirpon Island
Newfoundland
Canada
Coordinates 51°36′24.4″N 55°25′38.4″W / 51.606778°N 55.427333°W / 51.606778; -55.427333
Year first constructed 1884 (first)
Year first lit 1962 (current)
Deactivated 1962 (first)
Foundation concrete base
Construction wooden tower (first)
concrete tower (current)
Tower shape quadrangular tower (first)
octagonal frustum tower with balcony and lantern (current)
Markings / pattern with tower, red lantern
Height 14.6 metres (48 ft)
Focal height 54 metres (177 ft)
Range 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 15s.
Admiralty number H0132
CHS number CCG 225
NGA number 1052
ARLHS number CAN-652

A lighthouse was constructed at the cape in 1884. The current lighthouse is the second replacement structure, constructed 1960–1961. The lightkeeper's residence is from 1920.

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