Bob Trapani at Egg Island, ME
During the past twenty years, ALF has invested over $3.5 million dollars into lighthouse restoration and its volunteers have contributed over 25,000 hours of time (and skill) to the cause. Bob is very proud to be part of this grand team effort, a great example for other lighthouse organizations to follow.
Bob has several favorite lighthouses: Harbor of Refuge in Delaware, Boon Island and Owls Head in Maine. But his favorite is Matinicus Rock 25 miles off the coast of Maine – the epitome of isolation. Due to its location, powerful storms have pounded the rock, and few people have ever seen it, yet some amazing lighthouse stories took place there, including the ones about Abbie Burgess. Bob is also fond of the island’s current inhabitants – Atlantic Puffins and Terns.
Bob has had many memorable experiences at lighthouses as a lighthouse preservationist and lighthouse technician with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. However, his role as project manager for the restoration at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Maine, overseeing the funding process that enabled the group to carry out a complete restoration, was most rewarding. The image of Pemaquid Point adorns the Maine state quarter, and over 30,000 visitors climb the lighthouse each year, seeing first-hand what a team effort can accomplish in lighthouse restoration.