Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 60 – Dave and Lynn Waller, owners of Graves Lighthouse, Massachusetts (pt 1 of 2)

Graves Lighthouse is a classic, granite, wave-swept offshore lighthouse tower on a barren ledge in outer Boston Harbor. It went into service in 1905 with a huge first-order Fresnel lens from Paris, rotating on 400 pounds of mercury, produced a light that was later upgraded to 3.2 million candlepower– it was for many years the most powerful light in New England. It was staffed with resident keepers until its 1976 automation.

Graves Lighthouse; photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

The lighthouse was sold in a government auction in September 2013 to businessman David Waller. He and his wife, Lynn, a graphic designer, live in a restored fire station in the Boston suburb of Malden. Since buying Graves Light, the Wallers have completed a great deal of restoration, and you can follow their progress on the website Dave and Lynn Waller were honored with the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Keeper of the Light Award in May 2018. Bob Trapani, Jr. executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, took part in this interview along with Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont. This is part one of a two-part interview.

L to R: Bob Trapani Jr., Dave Waller, Jeremy D’Entremont

The video below shows Alex Karnes, Dave Waller, and Phil Christopher with Dave Waller’s “Frankenlens,” a first-order Fresnel lens created from spare parts from Chance Brothers lenses. You can read more about the lens here.

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