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Light Hearted episode 90 – Aimee Newell, Stonington Lighthouse Museum, CT

Stonington, Connecticut, grew into a thriving port known for its shipbuilding, sealing, and whaling. By 1819, the town had as many as 15 vessels engaged in fishing along with some engaged in coastal trade. In May 1822, Congress appropriated $3,500 for a lighthouse at the east side of the entrance to Stonington’s harbor. The stone… Continue reading Light Hearted episode 90 – Aimee Newell, Stonington Lighthouse Museum, CT

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Light Hearted ep 89 – Wayne Clark, Patrick Hussey, and Dick Malone; Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Washington

The promontory known as Admiralty Head, on the west coast of Whidbey Island in Washington, juts out into the east side of the entrance to Admiralty Inlet, a busy passage that leads to Puget Sound. Admiralty Head’s light station went into service in January 1861. It was originally known as Red Bluff Lighthouse. Because of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 89 – Wayne Clark, Patrick Hussey, and Dick Malone; Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Washington

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Light Hearted ep 88 – Sal Giglia and Bill Cody, Neds Point Lighthouse, MA; firefighters become lighthouse keepers in Graham, WA

With a large harbor on Buzzards Bay, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, developed as a center for shipbuilding, whaling, and coastal trade. Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1837, for a lighthouse at Neds Point, at the north side of the entrance to Mattapoisett’s harbor. The lighthouse was first lighted in March 1838. The Coast Guard decommissioned the… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 88 – Sal Giglia and Bill Cody, Neds Point Lighthouse, MA; firefighters become lighthouse keepers in Graham, WA

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Light Hearted ep 87 – Matt McMullen, Round Island Lighthouse, Michigan; Florida lighthouse history with Ralph Krugler

Round Island Lighthouse, in the Straits of Mackinac, is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Michigan. Thousands of people see it each year from the ferries that pass from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. Round Island itself is about 378 acres and is uninhabited. It’s part of the Hiawatha National Forest.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 87 – Matt McMullen, Round Island Lighthouse, Michigan; Florida lighthouse history with Ralph Krugler

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Light Hearted ep 86 – Rick Ziegler, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Photo Tips with Mike Leonard

In 1825, an act of Congress authorized the building of a breakwater off of Cape Henlopen in Delaware to create a protected harbor. The new harbor that was created was called the National Harbor of Refuge. In 1907 a lighthouse at the southern end of the outer breakwater went into service. The original structure was… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 86 – Rick Ziegler, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation, Photo Tips with Mike Leonard

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Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

Annamaria Mariotti was born in Camogli, in northern Italy, and she still lives and works there. She is the author of many books, articles, and stories related to the sea. Her passion for lighthouses began with the Capo Sandalo Lighthouse on the Italian island of San Pietro and with the Lighthouse of Genoa. She’s visited… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 85 – Italian historian/author Annamaria Mariotti

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Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, located offshore from the southern tip of the peninsula where Annapolis, Maryland, is located, is the last surviving screw-pile lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay. The light station was established in 1838 and the current lighthouse was built in 1875. Today, the City of Annapolis owns the lighthouse. The City leases it to… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 84 – David Gendell, author of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon

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Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

Greens Ledge is one of several treacherous formations near Norwalk Harbor in Connecticut. Congress appropriated $60,000 for the establishment of a light and fog signal at Greens Ledge in 1899, and the 52-foot lighthouse was finished in 1902. Greens Ledge is a cast-iron tower on a cylindrical cast-iron concrete-filled foundation, typical of offshore “sparkplug” lights… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 83 – Tim Pettee and Alex Pettee, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut

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Light Hearted ep 82 – Shona Riddell, author of “Guiding Lights”

Shona Riddell, who lives in New Zealand, has been writing for as long as she can remember. Both of her parents were writers, and Shona’s first article was published in 2000 in the New Zealand Herald. She was hooked, and in 2002 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Auckland University of Technology.… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 82 – Shona Riddell, author of “Guiding Lights”

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Light Hearted ep 81 – Rob Benchley, Sankaty Head Lighthouse (Nantucket, MA)

From the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s, Nantucket was the world’s leading whaling port. But the island’s east and south coasts remained devoid of lighthouses well into the 1800s, in spite of the high volume of shipping traffic passing the island and the presence of dangerous shoals offshore. Finally, in the late 1840s, a bluff at… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 81 – Rob Benchley, Sankaty Head Lighthouse (Nantucket, MA)