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Mystery Light 106 Identified


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Our thanks go out to Wayne Sapulski who has helped us out by identifying Mystery Light 106 that was on page 46 of the May/June issue of Lighthouse Digest as the former Port Arthur Breakwater Lighthouse, in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. In 1970 Port Arthur and Fort William were merged to create the present day town of Thunder Bay.

Wayne also identified the vessel shown in the image as the S.S. Assiniboia as it entered the protected Port Arthur Harbor. The Assiniboia (scrapped long ago) was the sister ship and near duplicate of the S.S. Keewatin, which is a museum ship that is open to the public in Douglas, Michigan. The Assiniboia and Keewatin were built for the Canadian Pacific Railway and were used on regularly scheduled runs between Port Arthur/Fort William on Lake Superior and Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada, on Georgian Bay.

Wayne said that being able to identify the ship was the key to identifying the lighthouse, which is of a similar standard design of many other Canadian lighthouses. Sadly, the 1887 Port Arthur Lighthouse is no longer standing.

This story appeared in the Jul/Aug 2011 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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