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The Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. Originally known as the Sandusky Bay Light Station, the lighthouse was built here in 1821 to aid navigation and prevent shipwrecks. William Kelly (1779-1867) received the contract and using local limestone completed construction in eight weeks. The lighthouse was 50 feet (15.2 m) high and had a diameter of 25 (7.6 m) feet at the base and 12 (3.6 m) feet at the top. When the lighthouse had a keeper, the beacon was updated with ever brighter lights and more powerful lenses. At the turn of the 19th century the watch room and the new lantern room were added increasing the lighthouse's high 15 feet. Beacons were lit with whale oil, lard oil, kerosene and then in 1923 with electricity. As of 2018 the light is an LED that is visible up to eleven nautical miles.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 643 W: 9 N: 1910] (8050)
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