Lighthouse News of the Week – July 10, 2020

Split Rock Lighthouse (MN) reopening July 15

The grounds at one of the most iconic lighthouses in the country, Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior, will be reopening in July 15 along with access inside the fog signal building. Other indoor spaces are closed for now, and advance tickets must be purchased online. Other precautions are also in place.

Split Rock Light Station, Minnesota. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (FL) celebrates 160th birthday

July 10 marks the 160th anniversary of the first lighting of Florida’s Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Thanks to Florida Power and Light, 160 visitors will receive free admission to stroll the historic grounds, climb the lighthouse, view the Keeper’s Workshop exhibit and peruse the lighthouse gift shop. At this writing, reservations for all tours are booked.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Florida. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Missing diver found dead near Nubble Lighthouse (ME)

Maine Marine Patrol reported that Walter Fabian, 67 of Nashua, New Hampshire, had gone diving with a friend when the two became separated after surfacing. The friend swam to shore, and after not being able to locate Fabian, called for help. Lifeguards found Fabian on the northeast shore of Cape Neddick near Nubble Lighthouse. First responders tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. The area near the island known as the Nubble is popular with divers.

Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse in York, Maine.
USLHS photo by Shirley Whitenack.

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Sponsor a step, help save Sabine Pass Lighthouse (LA)

Sabine Pass Lighthouse
USLHS photo

The 1856 Sabine Pass Lighthouse in Louisiana is undergoing restoration, thanks to the Cameron Preservation Alliance. To plan for a new staircase, the Alliance came up with a clever way to commemorate families and pay for the 96 cast-iron steps. Any person, family. or company who donates $1,000 to the project will have a plate or plaque stating who sponsored a step. Fifteen steps have already been claimed as of Monday.

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Transfer of Bass Harbor Head Light Station to Acadia National Park (ME) is finalized

Transfer of the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, keeper’s house, three smaller buildings, and two acres of land from the U.S. Coast Guard to the National Park Service was finalized Wednesday.

Bass Harbor Head Light Station in 2017
U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by John J. Young

Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced the completion of the transfer Wednesday afternoon at Friends of Acadia’s virtual annual meeting.  “The National Park Service is developing plans to reuse the lighthouse and improve visitor access and enjoyment of the site,” Schneider said. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain and operate the automated light atop the lighthouse as an aid to navigation. 

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Cupola of Cabo Sillero Lighthouse in Galicia, Spain, is removed for restoration

The dome of the Cabo Sillero Lighthouse has been removed as part of a renovation project, in advance of the incorporation of the lighthouse into a new maritime hotel with spectacular views.

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