Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week November 25, 2022

Port Isabel (TX) Lighthouse to shine beacon for first time in 117 years

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) – The first official lighting of the Port Isabel Lighthouse in 117 years will take place on Dec. 9.

Port Isabel Lighthouse – USLHS archives

Funded and coordinated by The Texas Historical Commission, the reproduction of a 3rd Order Fresnel Lens will be fitted into the lantern room at the top of the lighthouse, said the city of Port Isabel.

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‘Illuminations’ event shines spotlight on St. Augustine (FL) Lighthouse

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Lighthouse hits the switch on its annual holiday “Lighthouse Illuminations” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Augustine Lighthouse – USLHS archives

The display, featuring more than 30,000 lights and 300 feet of garland, is in its second year. It will run through Jan. 14, alongside St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration.

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New London Maritime Society (CT) receives $110,000 for lighthouse preservation

Nov. 22—NEW LONDON — The New London Maritime Society announced in a news release that it has received $110,000 from two donations in support of its lighthouse preservation efforts.

Race Rock (photo by Mike & Carol McKinney), New London Ledge- USCGHO, New London Harbor (photo Thomas A Tag)

The Maritime Society’s efforts have culminated into 2022 Year of the Lighthouse, a year dedicated to relaunching preservation efforts at the three historic beacons the society owns following a two-year disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Goat Island (ME) lighthouse keeper works through island-wide power outage

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The job of a lighthouse keeper might seem like a solitary existence.

Goat Island Lighthouse – USLHS archives

But Scott Dombrowski has been the keeper of the Goat Island Light since 1993, and he is practically an ambassador.

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Are The Vanishing and The Lighthouse Based on the Same Real-Life Incident?

Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, ‘The Vanishing’ is a British drama film starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, and Connor Swindells. The 2018 psychological thriller movie is set on a remote island where three lighthouse keepers find a hidden trunk of gold in a boat. As a result, their lives take an unexpected turn. It highlights the challenges lighthouse keepers face and is inspired by a real-life disappearance incident.

Flannel Isle, Scotland – USLHS archives

The film’s premise will remind viewers of ‘The Lighthouse.’ The critically acclaimed 2019 movie directed by Robert Eggers stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as nineteenth-century lighthouse keepers stuck at a remote New England outpost due to bad weather. Therefore, viewers must be wondering if there is a connection between the two movies. If you wish to learn whether ‘The Vanishing’ and ‘The Lighthouse’ are based on the same real-life incident, we have gathered the answers for you! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Boyhood Tintin fan’s mission to turn every Irish lighthouse into art

The Herge inspired graphic designer travelled 2,000km collecting photographs and sketches of all the 80 operational lighthouses in Ireland.

Fastnet Rock, Ireland – USLHS archives

A designer has been inspired by his childhood hero Tintin, the world-famous investigative journalist, in his print recreations of Irish lighthouses.

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The story of central Oregon’s haunted Yaquina Bay lighthouse

A magazine article published in the late 1800s told the story of a girl who mysteriously died at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. The tale saved the structure from demolition

Yaquina Bay lighthouse – USLHS archives

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. Built in 1871, it has attracted much attention over the last 150 years — not for its modest beauty, but its ghostly reputation that perhaps spared it from demolition.

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Holiday Lights Go On at the Montauk (NY) Lighthouse Saturday

The holiday season arrives at the Montauk Lighthouse this weekend starting on Saturday with the annual Lighting of the Light from 4 to 7 p.m.

Montauk lighthouse – Devin Stein wikimediacommons

Sarah Conway and the Playful Souls will provide the holiday music, there will be hot chocolate courtesy of Hampton Coffee, and this year Nick Racanelli, a Montauk Historical Society board member, will have the honor of flipping the switch. The lights will be on until Jan. 1.

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The Barnegat (NJ) Lighthouse is Repainted And Relit: We Took a Peek

It was a slightly different kind of summer on Ocean County’s southern barrier island this year, with the Barnegat Lighthouse having shut down in early spring for $1.3 million in maintenance and repainting.

One of the prime attractions of Long Beach Island, the lighthouse – the second-tallest in America – was closed to visitors for the season and was covered in scaffolding all summer long. It reopened the first weekend of November, though some closures may linger into 2023 as workers put the finishing touches on the project, and a new decorative barrier fence is installed.

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Hillsboro Inlet (FL) is lit for the holidays

The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society has officially kicked off the holiday season with a 6 PM lighting on Thanksgiving. It’s the third year the lighthouse has been decorated for the holidays. What started as an effort to boost civic morale after the lockdowns has become a highly anticipated event.

Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse – screen shot by Ralph Krugler

You can check out the lights live nightly on the HLPS webcam

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