Lighthouse News of the Week

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse; USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman.

Work progressing at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (MD)

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last screwpile lighthouse in its original location on Chesapeake Bay, and one of a small number of American lighthouses to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. Its battered foundation has been badly in need of repair. The structure is about to receive the first of many new steel beams and tie rods; exactly when depends on weather and wind conditions.

“Thomas Point Lighthouse is a true symbol of the history of Maryland and the entire Chesapeake Bay,” said John Potvin, preservation foreman for the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society.

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Point Reyes Lighthouse (CA) reopening on Friday after $5.7 million renovation

1871 view of Point Reyes Lighthouse; U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office. Point Reyes is, by official records, the windiest and foggiest point on the Pacific Coast.

After a 13-month, $5.7 million rehabilitation, the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse in Marin County will reopen on Friday. The extensive makeover included restoring the lighthouse lens and clockworks, replacing roofing and glazing assembly, repairing water and rust damage, blast cleaning all cast and wrought iron components and repainting. “We can’t wait to reopen the park’s most visited site after the largest renovation in the 149-year history of the Point Reyes Lighthouse,” Superintendent Cicely Muldoon said in a news release.

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Saving the Cockspur Lighthouse (GA)

Cockspur Island Lighthouse is one of the gems along Georgia’s southeast coast. “It’s an historic icon, no question. She’s got so much to say,” president of the Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse Harvey Ferrelle said. There will be an oyster roast fundraiser on December 14 at Fort Pulaski from 2:30 to 5:30. Proceeds go to lighthouse restoration.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Lion’s Head Lighthouse on the Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, is a casualty of a recent storm

A storm that battered Lake Huron and Georgian Bay communities in mid-October left a local lighthouse stripped of siding and with holes on the water side. The municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula plans to repair the structure.

The original 1903 lighthouse was removed with automation in 1969 and replaced by a metal post. But in 1983, high school students built a replica model lighthouse from blueprints of the original 1903 building. That’s the one that stands there today.

Lion’s Head Lighthouse; photo by Ryan Sharpe / Wikimedia Commons

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