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Lighthouse News of the Week – April 16, 2021

East Brother Island Lighthouse (CA) is in jeopardy The still active East Brother Island Lighthouse, between San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, is Richmond’s oldest structure and has been operating for 147 years, since 1874. It’s also home to a truly unique non-profit bed and breakfast inn open to the public for overnighting and to… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – April 16, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – April 9, 2021

Vent ball at top of St. Simons Island Lighthouse (GA) undergoes repair To the casual observer, the ball at the top of the 104-foot-tall St. Simons Island lighthouse appears ornamental, but it once vented a kerosene lamp. After 149 years, aged and weathered, the vent required the skills of some specially skilled repairmen. Click here… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – April 9, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – April 2, 2021

Cape Lookout Lighthouse (NC) closed for two years for repairs Cape Lookout Lighthouse in North Carolina will be closed for two years while repairs are made to the iconic structure, the National Park Service announced Friday.  An inspection in February revealed serious safety concerns, including cracks in iron landing plates and separations between the iron… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – April 2, 2021

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New book: “The Douglass Lighthouse Engineers: How Did They Build Them?”

This new book begins with the plight of Edward Ward, a BBC correspondent, who, with his sound technician, was stranded in the Bishop Rock Lighthouse following a Christmas Day broadcast in 1946. Their departure was delayed for a month by raging storms. After being rescued, he wondered, “How on earth did they manage to build… Continue reading New book: “The Douglass Lighthouse Engineers: How Did They Build Them?”

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New book: “Lighthouses of the Georgia Coast” by William Rawlings

From the mid-eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries, the waterways of coastal Georgia from the St. Marys River in the south to the Savannah River in the north were an integral part of the state’s economy, vital to the trade in cotton, rice, timber, naval stores, and other products shipped to ports in America and… Continue reading New book: “Lighthouses of the Georgia Coast” by William Rawlings

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Lighthouse News of the Week – March 26, 2021

Historic Michigan lighthouses awarded $126K in lighthouse preservation grants Three historic Michigan lighthouses will receive repairs and restoration with the help of $126,667 in Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grants from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program was established to assist in the… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – March 26, 2021

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Alcatraz Lighthouse Preservation Project: An Update

California’s Alcatraz Lighthouse is a steadfast beacon overseeing and directing San Francisco Bay Area maritime traffic since the Gold Rush, and it stands on the site of the first lighthouse on the West Coast (1854). Lighthouse keepers and their families were an integral part of the non-convict community on The Rock. Alcatraz Lighthouse is decaying… Continue reading Alcatraz Lighthouse Preservation Project: An Update

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Lighthouse News of the Week – March 12, 2021

Florida’s Crooked River Lighthouse looks for volunteers Crooked River Lighthouse has been a fixture along U.S. Highway 98 on Florida’s panhandle for more than a century. The lighthouse is now the site of a museum filled with stories. The museum is asking for volunteers. People to help keep the property clean for visitors, or to… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – March 12, 2021

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Lighthouse News of the Week – March 5, 2021

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (FL) officials hope for higher museum attendance, future expansion The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse keeper’s house museum opened in December 2019 — but the COVID-19 pandemic promptly produced a virtual visitation blackout last year. Now, with expanded tour offerings amid accelerating coronavirus vaccinations, officials are eyeing a future $800,000 expansion project to someday… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – March 5, 2021