Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 113 – Kate Devlin, Souter Lighthouse, England; Judianne Point, Pomham Rocks, RI

Both of the lighthouses featured in this episode are celebrating their 150th anniversaries in 2021.

Souter Lighthouse is on the northeast coast of England, in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. A lighthouse was much needed here because of dangerous reefs offshore. When the light went into operation on January 11, 1871, it was one of the first lighthouses in the world to be built specifically to operate using AC electric current. The 77-foot-tall brick lighthouse was designed by James Douglass for Trinity House.

Souter Lighthouse. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Souter Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1988. Today the light station property is owned by the National Trust, an organization that promotes heritage conservation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The lighthouse was opened to the public in 1990, and two former keepers’ cottages offer overnight accommodations for the general public. Kate Devlin, interviewed in this episode, is the National Trust’s collections and house officer at Souter Lighthouse.

Vintage view of Souter Light Station. (National Trust)
Judianne Point

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is owned by the American Lighthouse Foundation and managed by Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, a chapter of the Foundation.

The Friends have completed extensive restoration of the exterior and interior of the lighthouse in the past 15 years. They have a variety of events planned this year for the light station’s 150th anniversary, and volunteer Judianne Point discusses the group’s plans in this episode.

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

The co-host of this episode with Jeremy D’Entremont is Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

2 thoughts on “Light Hearted ep 113 – Kate Devlin, Souter Lighthouse, England; Judianne Point, Pomham Rocks, RI

  1. I am planning on visiting lighthouses along the New England Coast this Summer. Top of Maine to CT. Along Rt 1 into NJ. I understand there are lighthouses that are closed. I would like to know which would be best to visit.

    1. That’s a LOT of ground to cover in one trip, depending on how much time you have. It’s still early and not all the lighthouse organizations have announced their plans for this season yet. In most cases, even if the lighthouses aren’t open you can still visit the grounds. Some of the “can’t miss” lighthouses would be — Maine: West Quoddy Head (museum in the keeper’s house), Owls Head (museum), Marshall Point (museum), Pemaquid Point (museum), Portland Head (museum), and Cape Neddick “Nubble”; New Hampshire: Portsmouth Harbor (tours by appointment only); Massachusetts: Bakers Island (boat tours to the lighthouse), Boston Light (viewable via boat tours from Boston), Scituate (open occasionally), Nobska (scheduled open houses), Chatham (scheduled open houses), Nauset (scheduled open houses), Highland (possibly closed this year because of restoration); Rhode Island: Beavertail (museum), Block Island Southeast and North lights (if you have time to take the ferry to Block Island), you could possibly also do a boat tour that would give you views of a bunch of RI lighthouses; Connecticut: Stonington (museum), Sheffield Island (boat tours to the lighthouse). I recommend you get the book “The Lighthouse Handbook: New England,” available on Amazon. A new fourth edition is coming out in June. Also, check http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net and http://www.lighthousefriends.com for more information.

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