Lighthouse News of the Week – July 17, 2020

Meet the United States’s Only Official Lighthouse Keeper, Sally Snowman at Boston Light (MA)

Today, she [Sally Snowman] said, she is helping to oversee the handing over of the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard to some as-yet-undecided entity, “that can really do it justice out there [and] make a wonderful visitor experience,” she said, “while also maintaining the historical aura about the whole thing. . . . For some reason, I think I’m supposed to be the one to help make this transfer—that that was what I was actually hired, 17 years ago, to do.”

Sally Snowman and Boston Light’s second-order Fresnel lens

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Orfordness Lighthouse (England) is dismantled as sea edges closer

The current Orfordness Lighthouse is the eleventh – and final – tower erected on Europe’s longest shingle spit. It’s being taken down because the sea is eating up the land on which it sits. The Orfordness Lighthouse Trust plans to remove the lantern and other artifacts that will form the basis of a lighthouse memorial facing Orford town’s quay. “It’s Orford’s equivalent of the Taj Mahal,” said Nicholas Gold, owner of the lighthouse.

Orfordness Lighthouse, U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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Man rescued from the water near Stratford Point Lighthouse (CT)

A man was rescued Thursday in Stratford from the waters of the Long Island Sound, according to a fire official. A Good Samaritan boat in the area directed firefighters to the man and worked with emergency personnel to bring the man aboard the fire department’s vessel.

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Two Harbors Lighthouse (MN) optic replaced

An old DCB optic has been removed from Two Harbors Lighthouse and replaced by a modern acrylic optic, with plans for an LED optic to be installed.

Two Harbors Lighthouse, Minnesota. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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