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Monday, October 11, 2010

Tallinnamadala Lighthouse, Tallinn, Estonia

This lighthouse sit in the Gulf of Finland on the Tallinn Shoal approximately 20 miles Northeast of the city of Tallinn, Estonia. It was established in 1969 and replaced a bouy that was at that point from 1950 onward. Prior to 1950 a lightship had been stationed at the shoal. Construction took 9 years due to stormy seas. This very distant view was taken in June 2009.

Dunnet Head Lighthouse, Scotland

The Dunnet Head Lighthouse is located at the most Northerly point of mainland Scotland. It was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson and was automated in 1989. The point of land on which the lighhouse is situated is also known as Easter Head. The photo of this beautiful 20 metre tower were taken from a distance in May 2009, however I only recently properly identified the light.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Port Colborne Inner Lighthouse, Port Colborne, Ontario

This light is located on the North East end of one of the two breakwalls adjacent to Sugarloaf Bay (formerly Gravelly Bay) on Lake Erie in Port Colborne, Ontario. It marks the South entrance to the Welland Canal, which joins Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It was established in 1903 and is active. The proximity to the Port Colborne Outer Light is shown in the top photo. The photos were taken in October 2010 (both distant views). As I grew up in Port Colborne (many years ago), I am sad to report that although I spent many hours fishing near these lights, I never once took a photograph way back when. I hope to get back in the not too distant future and get out by boat and take better photos of both lights.

Port Credit Inner Channel Lighthouse, Port Credit, Ontario

This new light was built in the 1990's and is located on the Credit River adjacent to Lakeshore Blvd. in old Port Credit (now part of the Municipality of Mississauga, Ontario). It is near the Port Credit Village Marina a short way up the river from Lake Ontario. It is not believed to be an official light. There is a lighthouse themed mural on the wall beside the light. Photos taken in October 2010.

Queen's Wharf Lighthouse, Toronto, Ontario

This inactive light is located between Fleet Street and Lakeshore Blvd., just West of Bathurst St. in Toronto, Ontario. The following is inscribed on the plaque affixed to the lighthouse and gives a history of the light. "Queen's Wharf Lighthouse - This lighthouse, built in 1861, stood on Queen's Wharf 450 metres to the East, near the original foot of Bathurst Street, and marked the only navigable entrance to Toronto Harbour. At the time, it supported a fog bell and a red lantern which, when aligned with a white range light, indicated the approach to the harbour. In service until 1911, it became redundant when a new Western channel was established. The lighthouse was moved to this site in 1929. - Toronto Historical Board 1978". Photos taken in October 2010.