Five Mile Light was one of the last remaining and oldest wooden lighthouses of its era. It was significant as a surviving example of a mid-19th century square lighthouse.
With the advent of the river steamer in the mid-19th century, there was a greater need for lighthouses along the St. Lawrence River. By the 1850s, a series of nine small lighthouses of similar design had been established.
Active for 70 years, this string of lighthouses were critical in helping nighttime shipping vessels to navigate a dangerous stretch of the river.
On the evening of Monday, July 23, 2018, the Five Mile Lighthouse on the St. Lawrence River at Cole Bay was struck by lightning.
While it stood the test of time for 162 years, one bolt of lightning lead to its rapid demise. The lighthouse burned to its foundation.
Video courtesy of IN Engineering
The lighthouse structure will be almost identical to the pre-fire structure to satisfy provincial reconstruction permits.
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