News

Lighthouse News of the Week – June 5, 2020

Restoration of Copper Harbor Lighthouse, Michigan Established in 1848 and standing on the Keweenaw Peuninsula on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Copper Harbor Lighthouse once guided shipping traffic in Lake Superior to safe harbor. Today the lighthouse site, including the 1848 keepers’ quarters and the 1866 tower, are part of the Fort Wilkins Historic Site, owned by… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – June 5, 2020

Light Hearted

Light Hearted Special Edition – Jem Finer, London’s Experimental Lighthouse and “Longplayer”

In an area of London known as the Docklands, where the River Lea meets the River Thames, is a part of the waterfront known as the Trinity Buoy Wharf. And on the wharf is London’s only lighthouse. The lighthouse at the Trinity Buoy Wharf was never used for navigation. The wharf itself was also used… Continue reading Light Hearted Special Edition – Jem Finer, London’s Experimental Lighthouse and “Longplayer”

Light Hearted

Light Hearted episode 4 redux – Catherine Bumpus, Friends of Nobska Light (MA); Gigi Lirot and Ben Swan of Whitehead Light Station (ME)

Episode Four was first released on June 13, 2019. Nobska Point is in Woods Hole, part of the town of Falmouth at the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2014 the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the iconic Nobska Point Light Station would be available to a new steward through a license agreement. In… Continue reading Light Hearted episode 4 redux – Catherine Bumpus, Friends of Nobska Light (MA); Gigi Lirot and Ben Swan of Whitehead Light Station (ME)

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 63 – Brent Tompkins, White Shoal Lighthouse, Michigan

White Shoal Lighthouse is twenty miles west of the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinaw City at the northeast end of Lake Michigan. Work on the lighthouse began in the spring of 1908. The crib foundation was built using 400,000 square feet of timber, 3700 cubic yards of concrete, and 4000 tons of rock. The lantern originally… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 63 – Brent Tompkins, White Shoal Lighthouse, Michigan

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – May 29, 2020

St. Helena Island Light Station (MI) awarded $60,000 preservation grant The historic St. Helena Island Light Station in Northern Michigan, just west of the Mackinac Bridge, will receive repairs and restoration from the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association with the help of a $60,000 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant from the Michigan State Historic Preservation… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – May 29, 2020

History Videos

USLHS Historian Video #8: The first Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse

Minot’s Ledge—about a mile offshore, near the border between the towns of Cohasset and Scituate on the south shore of Boston, Massachusetts—is a 25-foot-wide rock ledge that is part of the dangerous Cohasset Rocks. In 1847, Congress appropriated funds for a lighthouse on Minot’s Ledge. Capt. William H. Swift of the Corps of Topographical Engineers… Continue reading USLHS Historian Video #8: The first Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 62 – Elaine Jones, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Maine; Russ Katje, hall of fame Lighthouse Passport Program collector

On March 3, 1821, Congress appropriated $10,500 for three lighthouses on the Maine coast, one of them on five-acre Burnt Island at the west side of the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. In 1988, the station was automated and destaffed. A decade later, Burnt Island Light Station was transferred to the Maine Department of Marine Resources.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 62 – Elaine Jones, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Maine; Russ Katje, hall of fame Lighthouse Passport Program collector

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – May 22, 2020

Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum (FL) reopens for tours on May 30 The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum will be welcoming visitors once again beginning Saturday, May 30, after being closed since March 16. Although most lighthouses in the U.S. remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jupiter Lighthouse will join Florida’s St. Augustine Lighthouse as… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – May 22, 2020

Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 61 – Dave and Lynn Waller, owners of Graves Lighthouse, Massachusetts (pt 2 of 2)

This is the second part of a two-part interview with Dave and Lynn Waller, owners of Graves Lighthouse in outer Boston Harbor, a classic wave-swept granite tower on a barren, rocky ledge. One of the subjects discussed is the “Franklens” created by Dave Waller and friends — a first-order Fresnel lens made of spare panels… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 61 – Dave and Lynn Waller, owners of Graves Lighthouse, Massachusetts (pt 2 of 2)

Keepers

Weekend Magazine 1966: Isolated life of lighthouse families in Tasmania

This episode of Weekend Magazine follows the families of lighthouse keepers living on two remote Tasmanian islands, Maatsuyker and Tasman. 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 and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of… Continue reading Weekend Magazine 1966: Isolated life of lighthouse families in Tasmania