Barcelona, New York
Location: About 300 feet east of the Barcelona Harbor parking area. Latitude: N 42.34132 Longitude: W 79.59384
From your parking spot walk to the south, along the waters edge towards a large sailing ship near the cliff. Known as the Sea Lion it is a reproduction of a late 16 century three masted English sailing ship. The building of the ship was headed by Ernest E. Cowan of Mayville, New York. It first sailed on Chautauqua Lake, located 8 miles to the southeast in 1985. In 1992 the ship was sold to the Buffalo Maritime Society and was transported from Chautauqua Lake to the Barcelona Harbor. It was then towed to Buffalo, New York and operated there until it sank in 1999. The ship was raised in 2000 and towed back to Barcelona Harbor and now rests in dry dock waiting to be restored. For more info on the Sea Lion click here.
Barcelona Falls is located on an unnamed intermittent creek that flows into Lake Erie. The falls has a height of 18 feet, a crest width of 4 feet and faces to the north northwest. The elevation of the crest above sea level is 590 feet. It is best viewed in the early spring or after a period of heavy rain.
As you neared the entrance to Barcelona Harbor you undoubtedly noticed the lighthouse 350 feet to the west of the entrance. Made from local fieldstone, the lighthouse was built by Judge Thomas Campbell in 1828. The tower has a base diameter of 22 feet and a height of 40. The first lighthouse keeper was Joshua Lane, who served from 1829 to 1846. The light in the tower was at first fueled by oil. In 1831, natural gas that bubbled up from fissures in a nearby creak bed was piped to the tower and was used to fuel the light. This is believed to be the first lighthouse to use natural gas to fuel its light. The natural gas was not 100% reliable and oil was occasionally used. It is believed that natural gas was used in the lighthouse until the early 1850s. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1859 and is now a private home. Please respect the property owners rights and do not trespass.
For a ACME Mapper 2.0 map of the area click here.
Web site: Barcelona Harbor | Westfield, NY
Sunset photos from nearby Ottaway Park
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