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Toronto - Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

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The lighthouse at Gibraltar Point is the city's earliest landmark and one of the oldest surviving buildings in Toronto. Built around 1808 the lighthouse originally operated as a fixed white light by burning sperm whale oil. From 1863 coal oil was used, and in 1872 a revolving mechanism was installed so that the light rotated once every minute and 48 seconds. Electric lighting was first used around 1916, and the current lighting system was installed in 1945.

The lighthouse was originally built at the water's edge but over time sand has built up so that it now stands some distance inland. In 1958 the building was transferred to the city's parks department and no longer operates as a lighthouse.

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Album name:JUERSC / Canadian part of Great lakes
Rating (2 votes):55555(Show details)
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):not active since 1958
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):1808
Height of the tower, m:25
Light Description (light sectors, colour of the light, number of flashes etc):Decorative continuous green light
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Coordinates (in any format):Lakeshore Avenue, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3, Kanada
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Date added:Dec 22, 2014
DateTime Original:2005:08:28 18:14:07
Keywords:Toronto ; Canada ; Lake Ontario
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