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The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Ghost of John Paul Radelmüller


The Haunted Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in Toronto, Ontario             

The construction of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse was started in 1803 and it started operating in 1808. It was built to a height of 52 feet and extended to 82 feet in 1832. The diameter ranges from 23 feet at the base to 7 feet at the top. The base is made from stone quarried in Queenston and the extension from Kingston stone. The tower initially used sperm oil from 1832 and switched to coal in 1863. The original lamp structure was wood and replaced with steel in 1878. An electric light was installed in 1916-17 and updated in 1945. In 1958 Metro Parks took over operations and made renovations in 1961-62. It once stood on the shore but over time sand has built up in front of it so that it now stands about 100 yards inland. It is currently unused and shut. It stands as a testament to Toronto's history as a Great Lakes port.
 

  

The Ghost of the first keeper, John Paul Radelmüller
Local legend purports the lighthouse tower to be haunted. On January 2, 1815 the first keeper, John Paul Radelmüller was murdered. It was thought to have been drunken soldiers from Fort York who were looking for bootlegged beer. They chased him up the stairs and knocked him unconscious. They chopped up the body and buried him. Two soldiers, John Henry and John Blowman, were charged with his murder but later acquitted. In 1893, George Durnan found a coffin buried in the sand nearby that contained a jawbone. It wasn't clear whether this belonged to Radelmüller. Some claim that the sound of moaning can be heard on misty nights and that it is possible to see an apparition wandering the grounds that is believed to be Radelmüller.
   

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Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
Lakeshore Avenue
Toronto, ON M5V 2X3, Canada
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