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Light Hearted ep 45 – Rob Clark, owner of Windmill Point & Isle La Motte lighthouses, Vermont

Lake Champlain, bordering New York, Vermont and Quebec, was once a bustling waterway. More than ten lighthouses were built on the lake in the nineteenth century, on the New York and Vermont sides. A light was established at Isle La Motte, at the northern end of the lake, about 1829 – actually a lantern placed… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 45 – Rob Clark, owner of Windmill Point & Isle La Motte lighthouses, Vermont

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Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 31, 2020

Beavertail Lighthouse (RI) perimeter road to close permanently The closing to vehicles of the perimeter road by the lighthouse at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island, goes into effect on Monday. Rhode Island state environmental leaders say they’re making the change because of the rising sea level, and they need to plan for the… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 31, 2020

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Progress with Tender Lilac in New York City

Lighthouse tenders were specifically designed to maintain, support, or tend to lighthouses or lightships by providing supplies, fuel, mail, and transportation. The first American lighthouse tender was the 1831 revenue cutter Rushnourder, which was converted into use as a tender in 1840. The first steam-powered tender was the Shubrick, completed in 1857 and put into… Continue reading Progress with Tender Lilac in New York City

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Light Hearted ep 44 – Living history performer Joseph Smith, portrayer of Augustin Fresnel

Joseph Smith has been a theatrical performer based in New York City since 1995. He decided to take his love of acting and his love of history and to bring them together as a performing artist of living history. His passion is to create excitement and curiosity about history by giving voice to stories that… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 44 – Living history performer Joseph Smith, portrayer of Augustin Fresnel

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Lighthouse News of the Week – January 24, 2020

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse celebrating its 190th birthday this year as oldest operating light in Michigan Michigan’s Fort Gratiot Light Station  is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with no charge. The Port Huron Museum offers tours of the buildings, including a climb up the light tower from May to December. The site includes… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – January 24, 2020

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Light Hearted ep 43 – Frederick Mikkelsen, former keeper of Conimicut Lighthouse, RI

Frederick Mikkelsen was a Coast Guard light keeper at Conimicut Lighthouse in Rhode Island circa 1958 to 1961. The cast-iron “sparkplug” style lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Providence River in 1883. Conimicut was the one of the last lighthouses in the nation to be converted to electricity. The light was automated and… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 43 – Frederick Mikkelsen, former keeper of Conimicut Lighthouse, RI

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Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 17, 2020

Research uncovers story of Isaac and Dora Peckham at St. Simons Light Station (GA) Isaac and Dora Peckham, married in 1877, lived at Georgia’s St. Simons Light Station from 1883 to 1893. Isaac was principal keeper and Dora was the assistant keeper. They earned a reputation as the best light-keeping duo in the sixth district.… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 17, 2020

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Light Hearted ep 42 – Nancy Patterson, East Point Lighthouse, New Jersey

East Point Lighthouse began service in September 1849. It’s a type of building known as a Cape Cod-style lighthouse, because a number of them were build on Cape Cod in the early 1800s. It consists of a lantern on the roof of a two-story keeper’s dwelling. The light was automated in 1911 with the use… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 42 – Nancy Patterson, East Point Lighthouse, New Jersey