Light Hearted

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

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – October 9, 2020

Ocracoke Lighthouse (NC) hit by vandals Park rangers with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say they are investigating vandalism to the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Rangers discovered damage to the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Sunday. A wooden ventilation slat was missing from the door. A wire screen on the door had also been detached.… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – October 9, 2020

News

The Kerosene Keeper: The world’s last traditional lighthouse keeper & Hurricane Dorian.

The lighthouse on Elbow Cay in Abaco, Bahamas, is special in that it is the home to the last kerosene burning fixture in the world, with its keeper Jeffery and a society (ERLS) dedicated to keeping it going the way it has for over 150 years. When monster Category 5 Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas… Continue reading The Kerosene Keeper: The world’s last traditional lighthouse keeper & Hurricane Dorian.

Tours

Lighthouse Tour Retrospective – Greece 2019

Join the Society’s next lighthouse tour retrospective and experience this wonderful trip. Interact with the tour leader and other Society members as we continue sharing our tour experiences and have some fun learning about new places. The presentation will include a prepared narrative, photographs, historical information and a Q&A period at the end. Date: Saturday,… Continue reading Lighthouse Tour Retrospective – Greece 2019

Light Hearted

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

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – October 2, 2020

Door County Lighthouse Festival (WI) begins today with some restrictions The 27th annual Fall Lighthouse Festival kicks off today (Friday), but officials say coronavirus concerns will have an impact. The Door County Maritime Museum runs the festival.  The weekend includes land-based, boat, and adventure tours that together reach all 11 of the treasured lighthouses of Door… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – October 2, 2020

Light Hearted

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”

News

Lighthouse News of the Week – September 25, 2020

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (FL) reopens for tours The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum reopened for tours this week. The landmark has been largely closed to the public since the start of the month so a variety of maintenance work could be completed. During that time, the lighthouse hosted a group of prominent visitors this month,… Continue reading Lighthouse News of the Week – September 25, 2020

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas #6: The Standard Brick Lighthouse Plan Enters Widespread Use

As discussed in my preceding column, by 1857 the Lighthouse Board introduced the Antebellum Standard Brick Tower Plan. Daniel Woodbury designed and built the first in this lighthouse class at Loggerhead Key. At least four other engineers followed in Woodbury’s footsteps: Danville Leadbetter, George Horatio Derby, William Henry Chase Whiting, and Lorenzo Sitgreaves. Between them… Continue reading Bright Ideas #6: The Standard Brick Lighthouse Plan Enters Widespread Use