In this episode, host Jeremy D’Entremont interviews Paul St. Germain, author/historian and president of the nonprofit Thacher Island Association, about recent progress at Straitsmouth Island Light Station off Rockport on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Tremendous strides have been made in the restoration of the property, which will soon be accessible to the public. Jeremy and co-host Cindy Johnson continue the exploration of the history of England’s famous Eddystone Light, with a look at the construction of the present (1882) tower, designed by James Douglass. There’s also a discussion of the origins of the famous song The Eddystone Light, with a rendition by the Irish/folk duo Shannachie. And there’s a trivia question with prizes to the first two correct people to answer correctly.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org