Lighthouse News of the Week – February 5, 2021

Coast Guard flies out to fix remote Michigan lighthouse known as ‘the Loneliest Place in the World’ – Stannard Rock, Michigan

After a harsh winter storm blew out a window in the very remote Stannard Rock Lighthouse in Lake Superior, a team from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder recently hitched a ride on a Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City to make the icy repair.

Stannard Rock Lighthouse, MI. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo

Built 24 miles from the Upper Peninsula shoreline, Stannard Rock is considered the lighthouse farthest from shore in the contiguous United States. That has earned it the grim moniker as “The Loneliest Place in the World.”

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New book focuses on history of Patos Island Lighthouse (WA)

Since 1893, a light has been shining from Patos Island, the northernmost island in Puget Sound. Authors Edrie Vinson and Terri Vinson, members of the Keepers of the Patos Light, have written a new book, “Patos Island Lighthouse,” published by The History Press and available on March 29.

Patos Island Lighthouse, Washington. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

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What it’s like to be a lighthouse keeper? (Lennard Island, BC, Canada)

Caroline Woodward wakes each morning to the sound of waves crashing onto the rocks that surround her home, tiny Lennard Island, at the head of Clayoquot Sound near Tofino, British Columbia Canada.

Lennard Island Light Station, BC. Courtesy of Larry Myhre.

This rocky, verdant island is home to Lennard Island Lightstation, a bright white concrete lighthouse with a fire engine-red top. Lennard Island’s lighthouse has been fixture of the Western Canadian coast since 1904, when the first wooden lighthouse was established to guide mariners navigating the surrounding waters. There’s been a lighthouse keeper on Lennard Island ever since, and today, that job falls to Woodward and her husband Jeff George.

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Nurse wins contest to watch movies in a remote Swedish lighthouse by herself

Winning a contest to spend a week living on an isolated island to watch movies in a lighthouse sounds almost like the plot of a film in itself. A frontline coronavirus nurse beat over 12,000 applicants for the Göteburg Film Festival’s Isolated Cinema experience, which sees one person being sent to Sweden’s Pater Noster island for a week to watch their pick of the festival’s 60 movie premieres.

Pater Noster Lighthouse, Sweden. By HasBS – (Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

“The Isolated Cinema on the island of Pater Noster is inaccessibly located at the very edge of the archipelago in one of Sweden’s most barren, windswept locations,” reads the event description. “One solitary film enthusiast [will] experience total isolation from the outside world. No phone, no family, no friends. Just the sea and the festival’s film programme with 60 film premieres. For seven days.”

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Montauk Lighthouse (NY) bulwark repair to begin at last

A long-planned project to protect the Montauk Lighthouse and its outbuildings from shoreline erosion moved toward fruition last Thursday. The project includes the removal and reuse of existing 5 and 10-ton armor stones and the placement of new 10 and 15-ton stones along some 1,000 linear feet of the stone sea wall, as well as slope stabilization, using terracing and vegetation, above its upper crest.

Montauk Point Light Station, New York. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

The plan has been in the works since conceptual approval to rebuild the revetment in 2005. While public access will be limited for the duration of the project, Councilman David Lys assured fishermen and surfers when the temporary easement was approved in 2019 that “there will be temporary access to the beach at all times.” 

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Lighthouse project takes off in Jávea (Spain)

Jávea is a coastal town in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. The Town of Jávea is paying an architectural studio €15,488 to draw up plans to restore the Cabo de San Antonio Lighthouse buildings.

Cabo San Antonio Light Station. Wikipedia Commons photo by Samu alicante

The studio now has six weeks to prepare designs to convert the keeper’s house and an annex that was used as a store into an interpretation center dedicated to the San Antonio marine reserve and the Montgo national park.

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Meet the couple who used life savings to open historic lighthouse keeper’s home as a boutique hotel (Corsewall Lighthouse, Scotland)

Dating back to 1815, Corsewall Lighthouse, which was built by Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather, commands an impressive position on the northern coast of the Rhins of Galloway.
And now a couple have put their life savings into it and bought their dream property, which they plan to turn into a boutique hotel.

Corsewall Light Station, Scotland. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

Helen Mason and her fiancé, photographer John Harris, of Sheringham, Norfolk, saw the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel on the market and decided to buy the place they had fallen in love with when visiting eight years before.

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East Chop Light (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) lead ‘significantly’ above EPA standards

The U.S. Coast Guard is poised to conduct an environmental assessment of lead contamination at East Chop Light, a lighthouse long leased to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

East Chop Lighthouse, Massachusetts. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

A popular tourist attraction and wedding venue, the lighthouse and a small plot it sits on are surrounded by Telegraph Hill Park, public recreation property owned by the town of Oak Bluffs. 

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Cape St. George Lighthouse (FL) renovations complete

The Cape St. George Lighthouse is ready to shine once again. After a month-long renovation, the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGLA) and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand re-opening of the lighthouse on Feb. 1.

Cape St. George Lighthouse, Florida. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

The lighthouse had been closed for the month of January to complete a significant restoration project — the largest restoration project since the lighthouse was originally reconstructed at the center of St. George Island in 2008.

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Absecon Lighthouse (NJ) Will Let Couples Renew Their Vows

Have your vows renewed on Sunday, February 14, during the Valentine’s Vow Renewal Hybrid Ceremony at the Absecon Lighthouse. Online and virtually you can renew your vows on Zoom at 4:30. There is no limit in the amount of couples renewing their vows for Valentine’s Day.

Absecon Light Station, New Jersey. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Ralph Eshelman.

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St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay (England) to be lit up in honor of Captain Sir Tom Moore

The landmark will be turned blue from Wednesday night until Sunday, and North Tyneside Council is also flying its flags at half-mast in memory of the war veteran.

St. Mary’s Light Station, England. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

The 100-year-old died on Tuesday after battling pneumonia and testing positive for COVID-19. Sir Tom raised more than £32m for the National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his garden before his milestone birthday – initially setting out to raise £1,000 – and was then knighted by the Queen in July.

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