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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)

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Light Hearted redux – Ep 12, Betsy Richards and Hawkins Conrad of the Nauset Light Preservation Society; Boston Light part 2

This episode of Light Hearted was originally released on July 10, 2019. You can listen with the player below; the entire transcript follows. This was the second of three “Cape Cod Week” episodes. Jeremy D’Entremont interviews Betsy Richards, president of the Nauset Light Preservation Society, and Hawkins Conrad, who was the group’s first president in… Continue reading Light Hearted redux – Ep 12, Betsy Richards and Hawkins Conrad of the Nauset Light Preservation Society; Boston Light part 2

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Light Hearted ep 80 – Hilton Head Rear Range Light, South Carolina; Photo tips with Mike Leonard

Hilton Head Island, part of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region, is widely known for its twelve miles of pristine beaches and its golf courses. The Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse overlooks the award-winning Arthur Hills Golf Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. The range light station was decommissioned in 1932. In the mid-1980s, the lighthouse… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 80 – Hilton Head Rear Range Light, South Carolina; Photo tips with Mike Leonard

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Light Hearted ep 79 – Ian Duff, Scottish lighthouse keeper

With its long coastline and about 790 islands, Scotland has been home to a large number of lighthouses. The Northern Lighthouse Board, founded in 1786, currently operates and maintains 206 lighthouses across Scotland and the Isle of Man. Automation of lighthouses began in Scotland as early as 1894, when the Oxcars Light in the River… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 79 – Ian Duff, Scottish lighthouse keeper

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Light Hearted ep 11 redux – John Geurtsen, Chatham, Cape Cod; Boston Light part 1

In this episode, originally released on July 8, 2019, host Jeremy D’Entremont interviews John Geurtsen. He is the vice commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1, which serves the Cape Cod area. John is involved with the public tours of Chatham Lighthouse. Jeremy and co-host Michelle Jewell Shaw travel a bit north of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 11 redux – John Geurtsen, Chatham, Cape Cod; Boston Light part 1

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Light Hearted ep 78 – Linda Dianto, National Lighthouse Museum, NY

The U.S. Lighthouse Service constructed the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot on the former site of the New York Marine Hospital. The depot, which began operation in 1864, was the key manufacturing, storage, supply, and maintenance center for the Lighthouse Service’s Third District. Activity at the depot included experimentation on lamps, illuminants, and Fresnel lenses. Under… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 78 – Linda Dianto, National Lighthouse Museum, NY

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Light Hearted ep 77 – Lee Radzak and Hayes Scriven; Split Rock Light Station, Minnesota

Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the United States, is located on a 127-foot-high cliff on the northwest shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. By the late 1960s, the Coast Guard deemed the lighthouse obsolete and it was discontinued as an official aid. Today the light station is the centerpiece of… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 77 – Lee Radzak and Hayes Scriven; Split Rock Light Station, Minnesota

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Light Hearted ep 76 – Peter Kaufman discusses the Scotch Cap, Alaska, disaster

The Aleutian Islands are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller islands that form a dividing line between the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Scotch Cap Lighthouse was established at the southwest corner of Unimak Island, the largest of the Aleutians, in 1903. It was… Continue reading Light Hearted ep 76 – Peter Kaufman discusses the Scotch Cap, Alaska, disaster