The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lamplighter (Schooner), 3 Jul 1857

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The schr. LAMPLIGHTER, Capt. Taylor, is now at Cleveland, on its annual visit to the light houses on the northern lakes, to deliver to each its supplies of oil, wicks, lamps, fittings and everything required to keep the beacons alight for the year, and carrying with it a corps of workmen whose duty it is to make repairs. Capt. Taylor visits the lights on 2,000 miles of coast, extending on the American side of all the lakes, and the lights erected for the benefit of commerce on the islands and interspersed through these wide waters. There are on the Atlantic and Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, on rivers and lakes, 509 lighthouses and light vessels. Of them, 124 located on our northern lake coast.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 3, 1857

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Lamplighter (Schooner), 3 Jul 1857