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Lighthouse News of the Week – October 9, 2020

Ocracoke Lighthouse (NC) hit by vandals

Park rangers with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say they are investigating vandalism to the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Rangers discovered damage to the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Sunday.

Ocracoke Light Station, North Carolina. USLHS photo by Ralph Eshelman.

A wooden ventilation slat was missing from the door. A wire screen on the door had also been detached. Rangers said they discovered more damage the next day. It included several damaged windows in the keeper’s quarters, the lighthouse and in outbuildings. Anyone with information that may help determine the individuals, circumstances, and events that led to the acts of vandalism are asked to contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch. Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or submit a tip at www.nps.gov/isb.

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A remote island with a lighthouse off the coast of Sweden has been transformed into a luxury hotel

A remote island off the coast in Sweden has been transformed into a nine-bedroom luxury hotel. Once home to lighthouse keepers and their families, the island is accessible only by boat or helicopter. Guests of the new Pater Noster hotel can meditate in a 150-year-old lighthouse, soak in a seawater-filled hot tub, and sleep under the stars. The island is located five miles from the small sailing community of Marstrand.

Pater Noster Lighthouse, Sweden. Wikimedia Commons.

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Lighthouse lock vandalized at Neds Point (MA), authorities seek culprits

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 63 (the caretakers of the lighthouse) and the Mattapoisett Police Department are looking for details about vandalism spotted at Neds Point Lighthouse. Flotilla member Sal Giglia said he went to the lighthouse on Friday for his usual inspection of the beacon on its interior and exterior and saw that the lock was broken.

Neds Point Lighthouse, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Stratford Point Lighthouse (CT) property to open for tour

The town of Stratford, Connecticut, is offering an open house for the Stratford Point property and its lighthouse on October 17. The free program will be hosted by the Stratford Historical Society. Three time slots are available: 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Each time slot is limited to 10 people, and advance registration is required. Social distancing will be maintained and face masks will be mandatory. The historical society hopes to make the tour a monthly program.

Stratford Point Light Station, CT. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

To register for the open house, visit townofstratford.recdesk.com/Community/Program and scroll to “Lighthouse Tour.”

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New Yorkers petition for Titanic Lighthouse historic landmark status and upkeep

Friends of the Titanic Lighthouse Restoration also want to restore the lighthouse to its former glory by April 15, 2022, the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. 

Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, New York City. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Located in the Seaport District of Manhattan, the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was erected in 1913 in honor of the 1,496 passengers and crew who perished when the Titanic tragically sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

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U.S. Lighthouse Society News is produced by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to support lighthouse preservation, history, education and research.

If you have items of interest to the lighthouse community and its supporters, please email them to Jeremy D’Entremont at Jeremy@uslhs.org

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