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

History Videos · Keepers

USLHS Historian Video #7: Keeper William C. Williams at Boon Island, Maine

Boon Island is a desolate pile of granite several miles off the southern Maine towns of Kittery and York. The present lighthouse, the third built on the island, went into service on New Year’s Day in 1855. It’s the tallest lighthouse in New England at 133 feet tall. Captain William Converse Williams, a native of… Continue reading USLHS Historian Video #7: Keeper William C. Williams at Boon Island, Maine

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USLHS Historian Video #3 – Kate Walker at Robbins Reef

Kate Walker, who would become one of the most famous lighthouse keepers in the world, was born Katherine Gortler in Germany in 1846. She was appointed keeper at Robbins Reef Lighthouse off the northern tip of Staten Island in New York Harbor after her husband died in 1886. By her own account, Kate saved fifty… Continue reading USLHS Historian Video #3 – Kate Walker at Robbins Reef

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USLHS Historian Video #1 – Joshua Card at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, NH

Captain Joshua Kenney Card served 35 years as keeper at Portsmouth Harbor Light Station in New Castle, New Hampshire. It was his hometown lighthouse; he was born a short distance away on the banks of the Piscataqua River. He retired at the age of 86 and was believed to be the oldest keeper in the… Continue reading USLHS Historian Video #1 – Joshua Card at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, NH

Keepers · Research

Researching Female Lighthouse Keepers

As every historian knows, research is an ongoing process; you are never completely finished. The story is often told and new information comes to light. So it is with my research on female lighthouse keepers. Our book, Women Who Kept the Lights, first published in 1993, keeps expanding as new information is found on these remarkable… Continue reading Researching Female Lighthouse Keepers