March 4, 2016

2346 UNITED STATES (Ohio) - Toledo Harbor Lighthouse

Located in Lake Erie, at 13.5km from the mouth of the Maumee River, and marking the entrance to the Toledo harbor, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse stands on a 6m-deep stone crib, and is still an active aid to navigation. It replaced the 1831 lighthouse on Turtle Island, permanently threatened by the erosion. Construction began in 1901 when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built the crib to serve as the base for a lighthouse situated miles from shore.

The engineers next put steel frames in place, providing stability for a three-story brick lighthouse and an attached one-story fog signal building. The dwelling, which rises 21m, was signed to accommodate one lighthouse keeper and two assistants. A cylindrical tower has a diameter of 4m, upward from the center of the dwelling roof. In 1965, the light was automated by the U.S. Coast Guard and powered by solar cells. To deter vandalism, a uniformed mannequin officer was placed in the window.

About the stamps
About the first stamp, which pays tribute to the majestic emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), I wrote here. About the second, depicting the president Abraham Lincoln, I wrote here. The third stamp is part of the Forever series New England Coastal Lighthouses, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the series American Riverboats, about which I wrote here.

Toledo Harbor Light - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 26.01.2016

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