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Light Hearted ep 86 – Rick Ziegler, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Photo Tips with Mike Leonard

In 1825, an act of Congress authorized the building of a breakwater off of Cape Henlopen in Delaware to create a protected harbor. The new harbor that was created was called the National Harbor of Refuge. In 1907 a lighthouse at the southern end of the outer breakwater went into service. The original structure was… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 86 – Rick Ziegler, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Photo Tips with Mike Leonard

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Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

Annamaria Mariotti was born in Camogli, in northern Italy, and she still lives and works there. She is the author of many books, articles, and stories related to the sea. Her passion for lighthouses began with the Capo Sandalo Lighthouse on the Italian island of San Pietro and with the Lighthouse of Genoa. She’s visited… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

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Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, located offshore from the southern tip of the peninsula where Annapolis, Maryland, is located, is the last surviving screw-pile lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay. The light station was established in 1838 and the current lighthouse was built in 1875. Today, the City of Annapolis owns the lighthouse. The City leases it to… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

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Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

Greens Ledge is one of several treacherous formations near Norwalk Harbor in Connecticut. Congress appropriated $60,000 for the establishment of a light and fog signal at Greens Ledge in 1899, and the 52-foot lighthouse was finished in 1902. Greens Ledge is a cast-iron tower on a cylindrical cast-iron concrete-filled foundation, typical of offshore “sparkplug” lights… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

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Light Hearted ep 82 – Shona Riddell, author of “Guiding Lights”

Shona Riddell, who lives in New Zealand, has been writing for as long as she can remember. Both of her parents were writers, and Shona’s first article was published in 2000 in the New Zealand Herald. She was hooked, and in 2002 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Auckland University of Technology.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 82 – Shona Riddell, author of “Guiding Lights”

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Light Hearted ep 81 – Rob Benchley, Sankaty Head Lighthouse (Nantucket, MA)

From the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s, Nantucket was the world’s leading whaling port. But the island’s east and south coasts remained devoid of lighthouses well into the 1800s, in spite of the high volume of shipping traffic passing the island and the presence of dangerous shoals offshore. Finally, in the late 1840s, a bluff at… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 81 – Rob Benchley, Sankaty Head Lighthouse (Nantucket, MA)

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Light Hearted redux – Ep 12, Betsy Richards and Hawkins Conrad of the Nauset Light Preservation Society; Boston Light part 2

This episode of Light Hearted was originally released on July 10, 2019. You can listen with the player below; the entire transcript follows. This was the second of three “Cape Cod Week” episodes. Jeremy D’Entremont interviews Betsy Richards, president of the Nauset Light Preservation Society, and Hawkins Conrad, who was the group’s first president in… Continue reading Light Hearted redux – Ep 12, Betsy Richards and Hawkins Conrad of the Nauset Light Preservation Society; Boston Light part 2

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Light Hearted ep 80 – Hilton Head Rear Range Light, South Carolina; Photo tips with Mike Leonard

Hilton Head Island, part of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region, is widely known for its twelve miles of pristine beaches and its golf courses. The Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse overlooks the award-winning Arthur Hills Golf Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. The range light station was decommissioned in 1932. In the mid-1980s, the lighthouse… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 80 – Hilton Head Rear Range Light, South Carolina; Photo tips with Mike Leonard

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Light Hearted ep 79 – Ian Duff, Scottish lighthouse keeper

With its long coastline and about 790 islands, Scotland has been home to a large number of lighthouses. The Northern Lighthouse Board, founded in 1786, currently operates and maintains 206 lighthouses across Scotland and the Isle of Man. Automation of lighthouses began in Scotland as early as 1894, when the Oxcars Light in the River… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 79 – Ian Duff, Scottish lighthouse keeper

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Light Hearted ep 11 redux – John Geurtsen, Chatham, Cape Cod; Boston Light part 1

In this episode, originally released on July 8, 2019, host Jeremy D’Entremont interviews John Geurtsen. He is the vice commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1, which serves the Cape Cod area. John is involved with the public tours of Chatham Lighthouse. Jeremy and co-host Michelle Jewell Shaw travel a bit north of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 11 redux – John Geurtsen, Chatham, Cape Cod; Boston Light part 1