Lighthouse News of the Week

Tibbetts Point Light Station; USLHS photo by Tom Tag

Town officials in Cape Vincent (NY) seeks new uses for lighthouse quarters at Tibbetts Point

Hostelling International and the Cape Vincent, New York, Town Council have discontinued the hostel service at the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse keepers’ house. The hostel couldn’t attract enough visitors and was losing more than $10,000 a year for several years. The Town is looking for other ways to use the building.

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Point Reyes (CA) restoration to be celebrated on Sunday, December 1

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, CA — The National Park Service is inviting the public to attend the 149th anniversary of the initial lighting of the Point Reyes Lighthouse and the recent completion of its restoration.

The six-hour celebration starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. It includes interpretive chats in the lighthouse between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A Spanish interpretation of the lighthouse will be available from 1-2 p.m. There will be stories and a lighthouse activity guide for kids.

Courtesy Point Reyes National Seashore

The Fishwives Band from San Francisco will perform raucous and irreverent songs of the sea outside the Lighthouse Visitors Center from 3-5 p.m. The Sea Forager band celebrates the anniversary with rowdy sing-alongs.

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association will provide warm treats outside the Lighthouse Visitors’ Center 3-5 p.m.

Reservations or registration is not required. Organizers of the event say participants should dress warmly and carry a flashlight for the walk back to the parking lot at sunset around 4:30 p.m.

The $5.7 million rehabilitation of the lighthouse took 13 months and it was the most extensive one since the lighthouse was commissioned in 1870.

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The battle over where to move the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse (CA)

The cheery little lighthouse, with its cherry-red roof and bright white walls, beckoned countless painters and photographers. It was such a mainstay in Trinidad that its image is included in the city’s logo. Then the ground began to crumble. Rain moved the earth. The bluff cracked, a sidewalk warped, and thus ended the charmed life of the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, which suddenly threatened to slide into the Pacific.

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse in 2015. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Marblehead (OH) repairs delayed until spring

It had been hoped that repairs to Marblehead Lighthouse would be completed soon, but the repairs are now slated to be completed in the spring. Most of the lighthouse will remain enclosed until all repairs are finished. Work includes extensive repairs to the stucco exterior, as well as repairing and repainting interior windows and installing a dehumidification system to protect the longevity of the interior.

Early 1900s postcard of Marblehead Lighthouse from the USLHS archives

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Eldred Rock Lighthouse (AK) is closer to becoming a landmark that the public can visit

The Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association has secured a necessary grant on their quest to lease the remote island property just south of Haines. Sue York, executive director of the Haines-based Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association, said, “This is the first step in the rehabilitation of the lighthouse.”

2006 photo of Eldred Rock Lighthouse by Mike & Carol McKinney, U.S. Lighthouse Society archives

Eldred Rock Lighthouse is the only remaining octagonal lighthouse in the state. In recent years, it has been named among Alaska’s top-10 most endangered historic places.

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Hillsboro Lighthouse (FL) Special tour December 7

There will be a special National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day tour of the Hillsboro Lighthouse in Pompano Beach, Florida.

1940s postcard of Hillsboro Lighthouse from the USLHS archives

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Flying Santa kicks off 90th season

In 1929, Maine floatplane pilot Bill Wincapaw loaded some packages into his plane and dropped them at lonely lighthouses on the Maine coast as a way of showing appreciation for the keepers and their families. The flights expanded in the ensuing years. Massachusetts historian Edward Rowe Snow eventually became the Flying Santa, keeping the tradition alive into the early 1980s and visiting lighthouse throughout New England and as far away as the West Coast, the Great Lakes, and Bermuda. The Hull Lifesaving Museum continued the flights for some years, and then the Friends of Flying Santa was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1997.

The Flying Santa passes Boston Light in 1947 (courtesy Friends of Flying Santa)

The Friends’ mission remains dedicated to Captain William Wincapaw and Edward Rowe Snow’s philosophy that lighthouse keepers and Coast Guard crews were true lifesavers and deserved to be recognized for their efforts. Today’s helicopter visits and gifts for the children are small tokens of appreciation for the outstanding work of the United States Coast Guard and their supportive families. Click here to read more about Friends of Flying Santa.

Click below to hear an interview with Friends of Flying Santa President Brian Tague on the U.S. Lighthouse podcast “Light Hearted”

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