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Lighthouse News of the Week – April 29, 2022

Rising sea levels, climate change putting beloved New England lighthouses at risk

Lighthouses are beloved beacons of New England’s rugged coast built to protect vessels approaching our rocky shoreline. But historic lighthouses now are in danger as sea levels rise steadily — a result of our changing climate.

Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, had to be moved back from the edge of an eroding bluff. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Looking for lighthouse keepers for Choptank River Lighthouse in Maryland

With the Choptank River Lighthouse set to open for the season on May 1, the nonprofit Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation recently held an orientation session for volunteers to staff the lighthouse on weekends, welcoming visitors to the community and connecting them with with other great local attractions, activities, and businesses.

Choptank River Lighthouse, MD. USLHS photo.

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Three kayakers rescued during failed trip to Port Austin Reef Lighthouse (MI)

Three kayakers survived a failed trip 3 miles offshore to the Port Austin reef lighthouse as a storm was blowing in Sunday afternoon. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said a resident of the Port Austin Lakeside Subdivision called him around 4:30 p.m. while watching three men paddling offshore.

Port Austin Reef Lighthouse, Michigan. USLHS photo by Mike and Carol McKinney.

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North Head Light Station (WA) is one of the best preserved in the Northwest

The keeper’s quarters at North Head Lighthouse offer a rare opportunity for guests to step back in time and experience what it’s like to live in a remote lighthouse on the scenic and rugged Washington state coastline. The Ilwaco lighthouse is one of the best-preserved stations in the Pacific Northwest. Many of the historic buildings on the grounds are still standing.

North Head Lighthouse, Washington. USLHS photo.

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Show your Rhode Island style with charity plate

What is it about our fascination with license plates? Despite so many automobile styles, types, models and colors to choose from, there is never a sense of having total control over personalizing your ride. Your coolness and personal style can’t be fully achieved since we are so heavily dependent on the manufacturers creating the look for us.

Plum Beach Lighthouse, Rhode Island. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

More than 10,500 plates have been sold for the preservation of the Plum Beach Lighthouse. 

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Auction extended for Sombrero Key Lighthouse, Florida

Sombrero Key Lighthouse is located approximately seven miles offshore of Marathon, Florida, within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is available via online government auction.

Sombrero Key Lighthouse, Florida. USLHS photo by Mike and Carol McKinney.

Sombrero Key Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the Florida Keys at 142 feet.  It is a cast iron skeletal octagonal screw-pile tower with keepers quarters on a platform at approximately 40 feet above the water.

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Spitbank Fort and lighthouse in England go on sale for £3 million

The luxury island hideaway is one of three forts with stunning 360-degree views including the Isle of Wight. It was constructed in 1860 to protect the British navy from attacking French warships. It was then utilised in World War I, and again to defend English shores from Nazi attack in WWII. There is a working lighthouse, which offers optimum views.

Spitbank Fort, England. Wikimedia Commons photo by Amanda Retreats.

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Former lighthouse keeper’s home on Anglesey, Wales, with dramatic coastal views goes on sale for £1.7m

A period property occupying a stunning corner of the Anglesey coast has been placed on the market for an eye-watering £1.7m. Number two Lighthouse Cottages at Black Point in Penmon was originally one of two houses used by the operators of the nearby Trwyn Du Lighthouse.

Trwyn Du Lighthouse, Wales. USLHS photo.

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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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