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Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse was built in 1875 to warn of a rocky shoal and shifting sandbar in Lake Ontario. There is evidence of five major shipwrecks. One of the most famous was the British naval vessel, the Ontario, which sank on Halloween night in 1780 with a loss of 75 crew and $15,000 in army payroll.

The lighthouse, more then 60 feet (18 meters) high, was constructed of cut stone shipped by schooner from Chaumont Bay. The lens, installed for $15,000, was purchased from France. The navigational light produced 600,000 candlepower and could be seen 18 miles (29 km). The light had a distinctive flash pattern which helped ships' captains identify the exact shoreline location. The light was installed back in the lantern room in the tower in 1997 and is sponsored by the Friends of Thirty Mile Point and maintained by Parks personnel.

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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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