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Name: Thames River Rear Range Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

Location: Mouth of Thames River, Lake St. Clair.

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Photo: Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority



Contact Address Information:
100 Thames Street
Ontario, N7L 2Y8, Canada

This is the second oldest lighthouse in Ontario; the original structure was made taller in 1867. The lighthouse was restored by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority in 1973. The front range light (fixed red) is exhibited from a 23-foot white cylindrical tower, with a fluorescent orange triangular daymark and a black vertical stripe, about 178 feet from the rear light.

Tower Height: 54

Height of Focal Plane: 53

Characteristic and Range: Fixed red light.

Description of Tower: White, conical limestone and brick tower.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
c. 1810: Wooden structure, destroyed in War of 1812.

Date Established: c. 1810?

Date Present Tower Built: 1818

Date Deactivated: c.1969-1973

Current Use: Active seasonal aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Exit from Highway 2 in Tilbury and follow the signs to Lighthouse Cove. The lighthouse can be seen from a boat launch. It is within the Lighthouse Conservation Area, a one-hectare park.

Keepers: Members of the Cartier family until c. 1950; William "Dick" Cartier (?-1950); C.W. Riberdy (c. 1950-?); Armand Jacob (?-c.1966)

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