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Light Hearted ep 280 – Alexa Price, Historic Ships in Baltimore

Located in the inner harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, Historic Ships of Baltimore celebrates more than 200 years of Maryland’s naval and maritime history. The site’s attractions include the sloop-of-war Constellation, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy. Among the other highlights are the USS Torsk, a Navy submarine commissioned in… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 280 – Alexa Price, Historic Ships in Baltimore

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Light Hearted 279 – Kevin Ferias & a lighthouse for sale in MA; Nancy Patterson & an update on East Point, NJ; Carol Connor & a unique faux lighthouse in CT

Borden Flats Lighthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, was bought in 2011 by Nick Korstad under the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, and Nick fixed it up and opened it up to the public for overnight stays. In 2018, it was bought by Kevin Ferias, who has continued to operate it as a… Continue reading Light Hearted 279 – Kevin Ferias & a lighthouse for sale in MA; Nancy Patterson & an update on East Point, NJ; Carol Connor & a unique faux lighthouse in CT

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Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

The lighthouse that stands at the end of the long spit of land known as Sandy Hook, on the approach to New York Harbor, began service in 1764, making it the oldest standing lighthouse tower in the United States. The octagonal rubblestone tower stands 103 feet tall. The light remains active, with the Fresnel lens… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 278 – Tom Hoffman, Sandy Hook, NJ

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Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

Horton Point Lighthouse is on the north side of eastern Long Island, New York, in the area known as the North Fork. The granite and brick building consists of a two floor keeper’s dwelling attached to a square, 59-foot-tall lighthouse tower. The building was nearly demolished after World War II, but the Southold Historical Society… Continue reading Light Hearted 277 – Horton Point, NY, and “The Lady Lighthouse Keeper”

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Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

Located in the historic shipbuilding city of Bath, Maine, the Maine Maritime Museum includes exhibits dedicated to the past, present, and future of Maine’s storied waterways. For lighthouse buffs, there’s an exhibit called “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience.” Opening this past February, the exhibit “Lost and Found: Sounds of the Maine Coast” is a… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 276 – Maine Maritime Museum and Sounds of the Maine Coast

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Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2

This is part two of a two part interview with Wayne and Sally Wheeler, recorded in Washington state in March 2024. Wayne is a former Coast Guard officer who founded the U.S. Lighthouse Society in San Francisco in 1984, and he is now the president emeritus of the Society. The idea for the formation of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 275 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 2 of 2

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Light Hearted ep 274 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 1 of 2

The name Wayne Wheeler has become synonymous with lighthouse preservation and education. He’s one of the pioneers of the lighthouse preservation movement and one of the foremost experts on lighthouse history in the U.S. A 1962 graduate of Syracuse University, Wayne spent 23 years in the Coast Guard in the aids to navigation field. In… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 274 – U.S. Lighthouse Society founder Wayne Wheeler, part 1 of 2

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Light Hearted ep 273 – Edward Peppitt, author and host of the “Keeping Watch” podcast

Edward Peppitt is the southeast England representative for the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, or ALK, and he produces and hosts a podcast called Keeping Watch. He’s also a fundraising ambassador for Shift MS, a charity aimed at keeping multiple sclerosis sufferers as active as possible. Ed has written a new book called The Beacon Bike.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 273 – Edward Peppitt, author and host of the “Keeping Watch” podcast

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Light Hearted 272 – Gene Davis, director of Coast Guard Museum Northwest

The Coast Guard Museum Northwest, located on an active Coast Guard base on the waterfront in Seattle, Washington, opened in 1976. The museum serves as a showcase for some of the Coast Guard’s most important stories, lessons, and accomplishments, and the museum’s extensive archives are available to researchers. The guest in this episode, Gene Davis,… Continue reading Light Hearted 272 – Gene Davis, director of Coast Guard Museum Northwest

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Light Hearted ep 271 – Tony Ashdon, Coast Guard lightkeeper

The guest in this episode, Tony Ashdon, spent 22 years in the Coast Guard including some time as a lighthouse keeper. Tony spent some years on an aids to navigation team that serviced lighthouses and other aids in District One, in the northeastern U.S. He was also part of an inspection team for a while.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 271 – Tony Ashdon, Coast Guard lightkeeper