Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 159 – Rear Admiral Dan May, U.S. Coast Guard ocean engineer, pt 2 of 2

Retired Rear Admiral Daniel R. May
U.S. Coast Guard photo

Retired Rear Admiral Daniel R. May graduated with a degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1979. He spent more than three decades working on many lighthouse-related projects from the Carolinas to Maine.

In part two of this two-part interview, Dan talks about more lighthouses he worked on, including Plum Island in New York, Watch Hill in Rhode Island, Mount Desert Rock in Maine, Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire, and Lynde Point in Connecticut. Also discussed is his work on buoy-related projects, and his involvement with Friends of Plum Island Light in his home city of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Plum Island (Newburyport Harbor) Lighthouse was transferred to the City of Newburyport, Massachusetts, on May 10, 2003. Left to right: Captain Daniel R. May, commander of Coast Guard Group Boston, Newburyport Mayor Alan Lavender, Friends of Plum Island Light President Jim Frey, Congressman John F. Tierney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Vivien S. Crea, who at the time was commander of the First Coast Guard District. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.
Lynde Point Light Station in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Dan May was involved with a project to modernize the automated light and fog signal, as well as the repointing and repainting the of the stone tower. The actress Katharine Hepburn was a neighbor. Photo by Dan May.

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