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Lighthouse News of the Week – November 12, 2021

Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, presents “Beacon” —a collection of original work by Debbie Mueller—through November

Throughout the month of November, Kennedy Gallery is pleased to present Beacon – a collection of original oil paintings by Debbie Mueller, inspired by the lighthouses of New England. Lighthouses have captured our attention and our hearts since they first came to be. They represent safety, arriving home, a welcoming harbor, and illumination in darkness.  They also symbolize isolation, strength, resilience, searching, and enlightenment. No wonder we are fascinated with them.

Painting of Annisquam Light Station, Gloucester, MA, by Debbie Mueller

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Remembering when Estevan Point Lighthouse (BC, Canada) was shelled by enemy craft

“Wireless station and light at Estevan Point shelled by enemy aircraft for 40 minutes commencing at 1025 PM June 20 [1942]. No damage done except two windows cracked or broken. Station unscathed.” With that telegraph transmission, the only World War II attack to reach Canadian soil became reality for a remote community on Vancouver Island.

Estevan Point Lighthouse, British Columbia, Canada. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo.

There were several eyewitness accounts of the submarine attack. Mrs. Thomas Dick said she was on the beach at about 1800 hours (6 p.m.) in Hesquiaht Village when she saw something out in the water. “I saw something come up out of the water. It came up just like a whale only it didn’t make splashes,” she recounted to a crew member of the HMCS San Tomas on June 22. “It came up near the buoy and slowly went down again. It stayed up for nearly five minutes. I was very excited. It has a long top on it something like a ship. I ran to get my son but when we looked again it was gone.”

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46th anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald remembered at Split Rock Lighthouse

It’s been 46 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald hit a storm and sank, killing 29 sailors on board. At more than 13,000 tons, the American Great Lakes freighter remains the largest ship to sink on Lake Superior. Wednesday night, hundreds of people gathered at Split Rock Lighthouse to honor and remember this tragic event and the lives lost.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Russ Katje.

The bell rang 29 times on Wednesday for the 29 sailors on board, but it also rang one extra time to remember all of the sailors lost in the Great Lakes.

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Split Rock Lighthouse website

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Sparkling benefit gala returns to Jupiter Lighthouse (FL)

Rendezvous at the Light, the annual waterfront gala benefiting the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, returns this year along the shores of the Jupiter Inlet. The gala, with hors d’oeuvres from popular area restaurants, live music, wine and beer and a silent auction, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 on the historic grounds of the lighthouse, 500 Captain Armour’s Way in Jupiter.

“Rendezvous is my favorite event of the year,” said Katrina Heller, director of operations of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, which operates the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. “It’s the combination of the community coming together, along with our local restaurants and supporters, all under the lighthouse beam to recognize and celebrate our mission; it’s truly a special event.”

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Lighthouse getaway for a night: Point Wilson, WA

The Point Wilson Lighthouse at Port Townsend’s Fort Worden has guided ships through the rough waters of Admiralty Inlet since 1879. And Jeff Gales, executive director of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, has a mission to keep the structures surrounding this beacon shining bright so that everyone can enjoy them.

Point Wilson Light Station, Washington. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by J. Candace Clifford.

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Lorain Lighthouse (OH) ornaments on sale

Lorain Lighthouse ornaments are now on sale. The 2021 three-dimensional ornament, made by the Ginger Cottage division of Old World Christmas, is available for cash/check purchase at Nielsen Jewelers, 753 Broadway Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Ornaments can be purchased with a credit card via lorainlighthouse.com. Ornaments are $30 and $10 shipping and handling.

The 2021 Lorain Lighthouse ornament is on sale now online at lorainlighthouse.com. Ornaments are $30 each, plus $10 shipping and handling with funds supporting the lighthouse’s upkeep and maintenance.

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Trinidad Head Lighthouse (CA) spruced up ahead of its 150th anniversary celebration

The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust and Bureau of Land Management, California, recently spruced up Trinidad Head Lighthouse ahead of a celebration planned for December 4.

Courtesy of Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

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