Light Hearted

Light Hearted special edition – Noel Lynch, Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

Listen to the podcast using this player: Ireland’s Hook Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the world. The tapering headland of Hook Head is in the southwestern part of County Wexford, on the southeast coast of Ireland below Dublin. In the fifth century, a monastery was established on the peninsula. According to tradition,… Continue reading Light Hearted special edition – Noel Lynch, Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

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Light Hearted 126 – Brian Tefft, Rose Island in Newport, RI

Listen using this player: Eighteen-acre Rose Island, about a mile offshore from Newport, Rhode Island, has a commanding position in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. The waters around Newport were busy with passenger steamers, fishing boats, and freighters in the mid-nineteenth century. On July 20, 1868, Congress appropriated $7,500 for a lighthouse on the island, and… Continue reading Light Hearted 126 – Brian Tefft, Rose Island in Newport, RI

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Lighthouse News of the Week – July 2, 2021

Auction still open for Penfield Reef Lighthouse (CT) There is still time to try and buy yourself a lighthouse. The federal auction for Penfield Reef Lighthouse that started on June 21 remains active with no specific announced ending date. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, which is overseeing the sale of the historic, late… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – July 2, 2021

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Light Hearted ep 125 – Kirby Eldridge, Boon Island, Maine

Boon Island is located in southern Maine, about six miles from the nearest point of land. The popular writer Celia Thaxter once called the small rocky island “the forlornest place that can be imagined.” It was the scene of many shipwrecks over the years, including the wreck of the British Nottingham Galley in December 1710,… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 125 – Kirby Eldridge, Boon Island, Maine

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Lighthouse News of the Week – June 25, 2021

Historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (NC) getting a face-lift, inside and out Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is undergoing one of the most comprehensive restorations in its 151-year history. New paint, brick repair, and restoration of the metalwork including stairs, braces, doors and window frames on 10 different levels could take up to three years to finish. About… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – June 25, 2021

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Light Hearted special edition – Van Calhoun, Bob Taylor, & Bill Palmer, Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, NY

Use this player to listen to the podcast: In the late 1860s, the hazard known as the Middle Ground Flats — opposite the City of Hudson, New York, in the Hudson River —made navigation in the busy shipping route treacherous. An appropriation of $35,000.00 was approved by Congress in 1872 to build the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse.… Continue reading Light Hearted special edition – Van Calhoun, Bob Taylor, & Bill Palmer, Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, NY

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Light Hearted ep 124 – Marlene O’Connell Russell, Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland, Canada

Listen to the podcast with this player: The Bonavista Peninsula is on the east coast of Newfoundland, Canada, separating Trinity Bay to the south from Bonavista Bay to the north. At the peninsula’s northeastern tip is the headland known as Cape Bonavista. It’s believed that the navigator Giovanne Caboto, better known as John Cabot, may… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 124 – Marlene O’Connell Russell, Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland, Canada

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Lighthouse News of the Week – June 18, 2021

Wanted: Buyer for Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Connecticut The U.S. General Services Administration is again trying to auction off the Penfield Reef Lighthouse, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 51-foot-tall, octagonal structure and two-story, 1,568-square-foot keeper’s quarters mark the submerged reef that extends southeast from Fairfield Beach into Long… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – June 18, 2021

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Light Hearted ep 123 – Caroline Taylor, Signal Tower Museum and Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland

Listen to the podcast using this player: Wave-swept Bell Rock Lighthouse, about five miles from Arbroath in southeastern Scotland, was designed by the engineer Robert Stevenson of the famous Stevenson family of engineers. The granite tower, first lighted in 1811, was built so well that none of it has needed to be repaired or replaced… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 123 – Caroline Taylor, Signal Tower Museum and Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland

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Lighthouse News of the Week – June 11, 2021

Former Split Rock Lighthouse (MN) manager Lee Radzak releases new book on his career Lee Radzak began working as the resident historic site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse in 1982. He worked there for more than 30 years, and is sharing the stories of his experience. The View from Split Rock Lighthouse: A Lighthouse Keeper’s… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – June 11, 2021