The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 14, 1864

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p.2 Burning of the Green Island Lighthouse - We learn from the Sandusky Register of Monday last that the Light House on Green Island, Lake Erie, was burned between seven and eight o'clock, Friday evening last. A party from Put-in-Bay was on the Island and were at supper when the fire was discovered. It caught from a stove-pipe in the upper part of the building, and with the wind blowing a gale the fire progressed so rapidly that very little was saved. The Register says: "The light was a recent one, being built in 1854, from an original appropriation of $5,000 made in 1851. It has been repaired and improved from time to time - some additions having been made last fall. The light was a "flash light" with a costly French mirror, and was very important to lake navigation. The structure was somewhat like the one on Cedar Point, being a light tower and dwelling conjoined. The light was kept by Col. Charles F. Drake, formerly of this city, who is a severe sufferer - he having saved only two beds, a marine clock, and some small articles. The loss to the Government will be from $6,000 to $7,000."

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 14, 1864