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12437. (photo) Fairhaven Lighthouse, Lake Ontario c.1907.

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12437. (photo) Fairhaven Lighthouse, Lake Ontario c.1907.

12437. (photo) Fairhaven Lighthouse, Lake Ontario c.1907. Clear close photo shows the square pyramidal tower from the pier and walkway. When the lighthouse was first built in 1872 at the end of the pier jutting out into Lake Ontario, it was realized that a keeper’s house was needed. The second floor of the tiny tower only contained a bunk, stove and oven, for emergency overnight stays if bad weather occurred, and the keeper was stranded at the lighthouse. The Lighthouse Service built a residence on shore that was completed in August 1873. An elevated walk was eventually bolted to the pier with a steel cable so that the keeper could get back to land, even during bad weather. Some time later a second tower, to range with this light, was built at the south end of the pier. A 20-foot skeleton lighthouse with a metal frame was installed in 1943, and it was at this time the position of Light Keeper was abolished. Both lighthouses were torn down around 1945. However, the keeper’s house still stands and was sold to a private individual in 1965. Rare clear, close view measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked July 1907 with message noting that on the particular date, the light was not lighted as the waves were sweeping over the pier. Only light wear, quite clean. (VG+). $44.