The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1857

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p.2 Point Pelee Lighthouse - The foundation stone of this important work, which is now constructing, says the Windsor Herald, under the superintendence of William Scott, Esq., has, notwithstanding the severity of the weather, made rapid progress during the winter, and it is calculated, if no unfavorable circumstance arise, that it will be ready for launching in about six weeks. A number of piles have been driven, but a great many yet remain to be put down. Upon those piles a platform will be laid, over which the massive structure will glide into the lake, when it will be towed to its destination at the Point, twelve miles distant. The sides of the foundation are composed of solid oak timber, which together with the bottom, will be rendered perfectly air-tight, thus giving it buoyancy on the water. When arrived at the point destined for its permanent resting place, it will be filled with concrete and sunk, after which the erection of the lighthouse will become a mere matter of detail. The circumference of the foundation at the base is 230 feet, and the top 157 feet. Within the last three years more valuable property has been lost on this point than would have built several lighthouses. A sailing vessel loaded with wheat, was destroyed last fall, worth about $35,000; the Eberts of Chatham fell a sacrifice, and the splendid ship Mayflower was destroyed at this point. The erection of this lighthouse will be instrumental in preventing future sacrifice.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1857