Light Hearted

Light Hearted Ep 20 – Chad Kaiser pt 2; William C. Williams at Boon Island pt 2; Ted Panayotoff, Hunting Island, South Carolina

Chad Kaiser

Join hosts Jeremy D’Entremont and Cindy Johnson. First up is part two of an interview with Chad Kaiser, general manager of the New Dungeness Light Station in Sequim, Washington. Chad is also a lighthouse preservationist and one of only a handful of qualified lampists in the country who are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to work on historic Fresnel lighthouses lenses. It’s Chad’s work as a lampist and preservationist that is discussed in today’s interview.

In the history segment we learn more about William Converse Williams, longtime keeper of bleak and isolated Boon Island Lighthouse off the southern Maine coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When he retired, author Robert Thayer Sterling observed of Williams, “To walk about his front yard without risk of being washed into the sea is a pleasure, and with that comes contentment.”

Next we travel down the East Coast to South Carolina, where for the past two years, Friends of Hunting Island State Park have been hosting tours of the Hunting Island Lighthouse and the other light station buildings at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort. Ted Panayotoff runs the public tours at Hunting Island Lighthouse, and they are discussed in today’s interview.

Hunting Island Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman

2 thoughts on “Light Hearted Ep 20 – Chad Kaiser pt 2; William C. Williams at Boon Island pt 2; Ted Panayotoff, Hunting Island, South Carolina

  1. I love listening to these podcasts and learning so much. As I listened to this podcast, I wondered if the inventor’s name isn’t pronounced “aw-Gust-in” Fresnel?

    1. Thank you for your comment – I’m glad you enjoy the podcast! I just consulted with a French speaking friend, and he said, “The correct French pronunciation of Augustin would be approximately oh-gous-TEH. Aw-GUS-tin is an Americanization.”

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