Lighthouse News of the Week

Waugoshance Lighthouse, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Ralph Eshelman.
Located in the Straits of Mackinac, it was deactivated in 1912, replaced by White Shoal Lighthouse to the north.

Waugoshance Lighthouse (MI) endangered by erosion

High water levels on Lake Michigan, combined with storms, have damaged the foundation of Waugoshance Lighthouse. “I drove by it and there was a gaping, glaring hole in the foundation that hadn’t been there before,” tour operator Brent Tompkins recently said.

Chris West, president of the board for Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society, said, “We’re losing a lot of stones, which are starting to break apart from the wave action. We need to figure out something quickly.”

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Danish lighthouse moved to safety

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, U.S. Lighthouse Society photo

The 75-foot-tall Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse in Denmark, built in 1900, was moved back about 650 feet from the edge of an eroding cliff on Tuesday. Kjeld Pedersen, a local mason, oversaw the operation, which was broadcast on television.

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Executive Director of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse repairs damaged Fresnel lens for movie premiere

Executive Director Ed Gunn with repaired replica Fresnel lens

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse executive director Ed Gunn had the unique opportunity to fly out to Los Angeles on October 14 to repair the reproduction third-order Fresnel lens used in the filming of New Regency Production’s recently released movie The Lighthouse starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

The lens was fabricated by Dan Spinella of Artworks Florida specifically for the film. It was transported to Nova Scotia by Dan in the spring of 2018 and installed in a faux lighthouse erected on the rocky coast of Nova Scotia.

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Groundbreaking tomorrow for expansion of Old Lighthouse Museum in Stonington, CT

The Stonington Historical Society has announced that it will begin the first phase of its $2.75 million renovation and expansion of the Old Lighthouse Museum later this month. A groundbreaking, open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.

Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington, CT. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Phase 1, which will begin this month, involves work inside the museum, such as installing an HVAC system to create a climate-controlled environment to better preserve artifacts, repair structural damage caused by insects and water, refinish floors, install new electrical wiring and repaint exterior masonry work. Phase 2, which will consist of a 500-square-foot addition to the rear of the museum to house a handicapped-accessible bathroom and ticketing area, will begin after Phase 1 is complete.

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Halloween Lighthouse Boat Tour & Party on the East River, NY

Join the National Lighthouse Museum for a Halloween tour up the East River to Execution Rocks Lighthouse! Leaving from the museum’s pier 1 at Staten Island. With a DJ and buffet dinner, awards for the best costumes.

Adults only, $77 per person, cash bar

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