Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse

Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse

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location = Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada
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yearbuilt = 1840
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yeardeactivated = 1963
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shape = Octagonal pyramidal
marking = White tower with red lantern
height = convert|13.7|m|ftPort Burwell Lighthouse historical paque placed by Ontario Heritage Foundation; text at [http://www.waynecook.com/aelgin.html Historical Plaques of Elgin County] ]
elevation = convert|29.3|m|ft
lens = third order Fresnel lens [ [http://www.lighthousedepot.com/database/uniquelighthouse.cfm?value=380 Lighthouses at Lighthouse Depot : Port Burwell Light] ]
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Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse is a historical museum in Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada. Located at the mouth of the Big Otter Creek on Lake Erie, the museum and lighthouse reflect upon when Port Burwell was at the height of its fame as a shipbuilding community.

The lighthouse, completed in 1840 and renovated in the 1980s [ [http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/minibios/s/sutherland_andrew.htm Sutherland, Alexander and family ] ] , remains as one of Canada’s oldest Lighthouses of a completely wooden construction. Present in the museum collection is the most accurate model ever built of the rail car ferry the "Ashtabula", which made routine trips between Port Burwell and Ashtabula, Ohio for the purposes of transporting coal. This ship was a mainstay of the Port Burwell shipping experience until the 1950s and played an intricate role in the development of Southern Ontario through its supply of coal energy. The museum's collection includes original Fresnel lenses, finely detailed model ships and a vast assortment of tools, photographs and artifacts dating from the 1800s.


External links

* [http://www.elginconnects.ca/portal/entry.php?w=PortBurwellMarineMuseumHomePage&e_id=1066 Port Burwell Marine Museum]
* [http://www.historicplaces.ca/visit-visite/affichage-display.aspx?id=7787 HistoricPlaces.ca - Listing - Port Burwell Lighthouse]
* [http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/onse.htm Southeastern Ontario Lighthouses]

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