Lighting the Way: Oswego's Lighthouse in Pictures
Lighting the Way: Oswego's Lighthouse in Pictures A Community Sourced Exhibit
Buoys and Gales
Down the street from my boyhood home is Lake Ontario; my bedroom window frames the harbor: breakwall, buoys, and lighthouse. Beacons break the dark with random red pulses and a broad beam of light sweeps the water -north east south west, around and around and around. Once in a blue moon the beacons pulse at once, as if to acknowledge your rapt attention.Stormy weather is the best time to gaze - when the foghorn sounds, it says you’re doomed to loneliness and sorrow, if not in so many words! We swam there and used a buoy near the breakwall like a giant toy - we clambered aboard, tried to topple it, as if we Oswego boys could do what Lake Ontario gales never did! by Oswegonian David Read, readspoems.com The Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse serves as the proverbial symbol of the City of Oswego. It serves as a constant reminder of our remarkable maritime history, heritage, and culture. Built in 1934, the Lighthouse was the culmination of a harbor improvement project that placed the station at the end of the 1931 West Arrowhead Breakwater replacing the 1870s Oswego Breakwater Beacon. Built of riveted steel plates and resting 17 ft. above the waterline atop its concrete caisson, the Lighthouse was built to withstand the high winds, heavy surf, and destructive ice commonly associated with Lake Ontario.