This lighthouse exists bc a bunch of Canadians wanted to ship us their wood.
The Burlington Breakwater North & South lights were built in 1823 (though rebuilt several times thereafter bc yuge storms) directly following the completion of the Lake Champlain canal. This canal linked the Champ to the Hudson River and the NYC market. #trade !
Fast forward 20 years and following another lil canal further north connecting Lake Champlain to Quebec, Burlington became the third largest lumber port in the US of A. Wood ya believe it??
More lumber meant more boats meant more risk of said boats crashing while carrying all this wood meant we need a mf lighthouse in this bish!!!
Lots of stuff happened afterwards, like the lighthouse getting pummeled a few times and rebuilt and the construction of a lighthouse keepers dwelling on these narrow rocks only for the keep to decide after completion that it would be too sketch to live there.
In 2001 the lighthouse we see today was built and modeled after one of the OG lighthouses from 1890 using ‘photographic evidence’ seeing as how keeping track of 111 year old blue prints is a little tricky.
Anyway. Big thank you all the Canadian lumberjacks that made this drone pic possible. Have a good weekend friends. 👋🏽