Presque Isle Lighthouse
Presque Isle Lighthouse
On our road trip to Ohio we drove along the south shore of Lake Erie. Just past Erie Pennsylvania is the Presque Isle State Park. We drove around the park and found this beautiful lighthouse which is actually a private residence.
A little history from the park web page. Presque Isle Lighthouse is located on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park at Lighthouse Beach and is the second oldest lighthouse on Lake Erie’s shore. Completed in 1873, the brick tower with attached dwelling was home to nine U.S. Lighthouse Service keepers and their families until 1944. During the shipping season, the keeper climbed to the top of the tower 3 to 4 times each night with fuel to put in the lamp.
Vancouver Island – Ucluelet Lighthouse
Vancouver Island’s West Coast was one of Canada’s most dangerous coastlines – its rocky shores have been the final resting place for dozens of ships earning it the nickname the Graveyard of the Pacific. Amphitrite Lighthouse, built in 1906 was one of several lighthouses constructed to help sailors navigate the region’s treacherous waters. Visit Amphitrite Lighthouse, set against the stunning coastal landscape and admire the Pacific, its rocky shores and the history behind its contruction.
Read more: Amphitrite Lighthouse, Ucluelet, British Columbia http://www.venturevancouver.com/amphitrite-lighthouse-ucluelet-british-columbia#ixzz36MjiYKRn
Watching and Waiting
I am posting two versions of the lighthouse in Southampton that I took this weekend. One realistic and the other more artistic. Do you have a preference?
Watching and Waiting
Not a Ship in Sight.
Ice and Snow,
Fog or Storm.
Ready for the Night
The lighthouse at Southampton Ontario is looking a little lonely these days. Lake Huron is pretty much fully covered by ice. But the lighthouse will sit patiently waiting for spring.
Cape Croker Lighthouse
Sailing from Tobermory to Wiarton this summer – we knew we were almost home as we rounded Cape Croker and spotted the lighthouse.
Big Tub Lighthouse
Sailing to Little Tub Harbour Tobermory, we passed by the lighthouse at the entrance of Big Tub. It was a warm day the the swimmers were testing out the cool water.
Detroit River Light
This light marks the turn for upbound vessels into the entrance of the Detroit river from Lake Erie. Here is a little history from the Lighthouses of the Great Lakes web site.
“Completed in 1885 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a cost of $78,000, the Detroit River Light replaced a Canadian lightship that had served since 1875. The light was first exhibited August 20, 1885. Located near the end Bar Shoal which projects from the Canadian shore, in Lake Erie just south of the entrance into the Detroit River. This is the point where up bound vessels make the turn into the Detroit River.
The 49-feet high cast iron plate tower is 22-feet in diameter at the base and 18-feet at the top. It was built on a pre-fabricated 45′ x 18′, crib that was transported to the site from Amherstburg, Ontario, sunk in 22-feet of water, filled with concrete and surrounded by a granite pier.
The light station pier has the appearance of a vessel, with the pointed end directed toward the mouth of the river to break ice flows coming down river.
The construction of the station was tested in December 1997 when the 635-foot freighter Buffalo struck the station dead on while sailing downbound for Lake Eire. Damage to the station was minimal involving only the structure’s rock and stone foundation.
The freighter faired much worse with its steel bow push in like a tin can. The station’s stone pier torn a 25-foot gash across the bow of the freighter which then took on water. The vessel was able to control the flooding and continued on for repairs.
The lens has been changed several times to change the characteristics. The present lens has six panels of 60 degrees, with three bull’s-eye panels each separated from the other by a 60 degree blind panel.
The station contains a fog signal, and is similar to Harbor Beach Lighthouse which also was built in 1885. The station is an active aid to navigation and is only visible from a boat.”
Long Point Lighthouse
On the end of Long Point on Lake Erie stand this Lighthouse to warn boaters of the shallow waters. Here is a little history from the site Lighthouses of the Great Lakes.
“This tall white concrete tower stand near the end of Long Point in Lake Erie. It is the third light to be located here to mark this dangerous sand bar peninsula that extends well out into the lake. Previous lights were built in 1830 and 1843.
A keeper’s dwelling was located near the tower, but was allowed to fall into ruin after automation of the light.Viewing the light is best done by boat. A large part of the end of Long Point is a Canadian National Wildlife Area.”
Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse
Leaving Port Colborne you pass by this lighthouse on the outer breakwall. The following is from the web site Lighthouses of the Great Lakes. “Outer Light – The Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse was built in 1928 to replace some older light structures out on the breakwall. The continuous red light, with a focal plane of 36 feet, is shown from a square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 1-story concrete fog signal building. The lighthouse, floodlit at night, is painted white, lantern red.”