Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 43 – Frederick Mikkelsen, former keeper of Conimicut Lighthouse, RI

Frederick Mikkelsen was a Coast Guard light keeper at Conimicut Lighthouse in Rhode Island circa 1958 to 1961. The cast-iron “sparkplug” style lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Providence River in 1883. Conimicut was the one of the last lighthouses in the nation to be converted to electricity. The light was automated and… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 43 – Frederick Mikkelsen, former keeper of Conimicut Lighthouse, RI

Tours

U.S. Lighthouse Society Tour – South Carolina & Georgia, April 18-27, 2020

f you have any trouble viewing this, please visit South Carolina/Georgia Lighthouse Tour To sign-up for this tour or if you have any questions, please contact USLHS Headquarters: 451-362-7255 or info@uslhs.org Wickie from NHJeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president… Continue reading U.S. Lighthouse Society Tour – South Carolina & Georgia, April 18-27, 2020

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 17, 2020

Research uncovers story of Isaac and Dora Peckham at St. Simons Light Station (GA) Isaac and Dora Peckham, married in 1877, lived at Georgia’s St. Simons Light Station from 1883 to 1893. Isaac was principal keeper and Dora was the assistant keeper. They earned a reputation as the best light-keeping duo in the sixth district.… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 17, 2020

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Light Hearted ep 42 – Nancy Patterson, East Point Lighthouse, New Jersey

East Point Lighthouse began service in September 1849. It’s a type of building known as a Cape Cod-style lighthouse, because a number of them were build on Cape Cod in the early 1800s. It consists of a lantern on the roof of a two-story keeper’s dwelling. The light was automated in 1911 with the use… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 42 – Nancy Patterson, East Point Lighthouse, New Jersey

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Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 10, 2020

City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, wants custody of Tongue Point Lighthouse on harbor Tongue Point Lighthouse, a 31-foot cast-iron tower built in 1894 at the entrance to Bridgeport Harbor, is a monument to the city’s maritime history. In July, the lighthouse became available to a suitable new steward under the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 10, 2020

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Light Hearted Special Edition – Former Maine lighthouse keeper Ernie DeRaps

This is a special edition of Light Hearted, featuring an extended interview with a former lighthouse keeper. Ernie DeRaps, a native Mainer, spent several years in the 1950s and ‘60s as a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper at four Maine lighthouses – Monhegan, Fort Point, Heron Neck, and Browns Head. After retirement he took up painting… Continue reading Light Hearted Special Edition – Former Maine lighthouse keeper Ernie DeRaps

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 41 – Tom Baird, St. Marks Lighthouse, Florida

St. Marks is a small city on Florida’s gulf coast that’s part of the Tallahassee metropolitan area. It was founded by the Spanish in the 1600s. St. Marks became an important port of entry for the prosperous planting region of Middle Florida and South Georgia. A light station at St, Marks, Florida’s second, began service… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 41 – Tom Baird, St. Marks Lighthouse, Florida

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 3, 2020

High water levels on Lake Michigan impacting Big Sable Point Lighthouse (MI) High water levels along Lake Michigan continue to impact beachfront property, and water has seeped into the basement of Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington. Peter Manting, director of the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association, says a sump pump has been installed for… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – Jan. 3, 2020

Light Hearted

Six months and 40 episodes of “Light Hearted” podcasts: A New Year’s message

At the beginning of June, a new U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast was launched, entitled Light Hearted. The podcast features conversations about all things related to lighthouses, particularly their history and preservation. The idea behind the title–coined by my wife, Charlotte, after much discussion–is that it signifies people who have lighthouses in their hearts. Of course,… Continue reading Six months and 40 episodes of “Light Hearted” podcasts: A New Year’s message

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 40 – Don Terras, Grosse Point Light Station, IL

Grosse Point Lighthouse, located at the southern end of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois, was established in 1873 as the primary lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago. The lighthouse tower stands 113 feet tall and is constructed of Cream City brick encased in concrete. Still in use in the lantern is the original second-order Fresnel… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 40 – Don Terras, Grosse Point Light Station, IL